The total number of firefighters working the Thomas Fire is 2,512 comprised of 116 fire engines, 61 fire crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers, and 31 water tenders. Fewer have experienced Christmas on a large fire.
The southern boundary of the fire from Santa Barbara to Ventura is contained and secure.
In an update Friday night, incident commanders said the Thomas Fire has blackened 273,400 acres, surpassing the previous record holder - the Cedar Fire, which charred 273,246 acres in San Diego County in 2003.
The fire is now 86 percent contained, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, but there are still many workers on the job, ready to jump into action if there are flare-ups. Some fires before that date undoubtedly were larger but records are unreliable, according to state fire officials.
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Roughly 1,600 firefighters remain on the line. It started in Ventura County and has been moving across Santa Barbara County.
By Thursday, most of the southern end of the fire also was surrounded and the last mandatory evacuation orders were called off.
Cal Fire said there were flare-ups of hot spots within areas already burned on Saturday, but no danger reported to homes or people were seen.
One of the trees was knocked down by wind during the summer, the other one survived the fire.
"The main fire itself will not have any growth", Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of the California City Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times.