The largest fire currently burning in Southern California grew overnight by 5,000 acres. The Thomas Fire has now burned 148,000 acres in Ventura County and destroyed at least 150 homes.
The Ventura County Fire Department said firefighters made some headway on surrounding the fire, increasing containment from 10 percent on Friday night to 15 percent by Saturday morning.
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New mandatory evacuations were ordered Saturday morning for areas from Rancho Matilija west to Lake Casitas, including Highway 150 west to the Santa Barbara County line.
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The fire department said the cost of fighting the fire, which broke out Monday near Santa Paula, has reached $17 million.
At the start of the weekend, the department said the fire had shifted from a wind-driven blaze to a topography-driven fire.