Fire northwest of Los Angeles has burned 418 square miles

Los Angeles skyline is seen through burned trees after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has burned another 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of vegetation and has burned 418 square miles (1,083 square kilometers) since it started 12 days ago.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement Saturday that the nearly 8,500 workers are fighting the so-called Thomas fire.

There were no new reports of damage to buildings.

The third largest fire in the state's history has destroyed more than 700 homes and killed a firefighter.

The firefighter killed battling a wildfire northwest of Los Angeles died from burns and smoke inhalation.

The Ventura County medical examiner announced autopsy results Saturday for Cory Iverson. However, no other details were released.

The 32-year-old state fire engineer was killed Thursday at the so-called Thomas fire in Ventura County.

That blaze also was blamed for the death last week of a 70-year-old woman who died in a car crash on an evacuation route.

Santa Barbara County has issued new evacuation orders as a huge wildfire bears down on Montecito and other communities.

The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as winds pushed the fire close to the community, a wealthy enclave that's home to Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities.

The mandatory evacuation zone is now 17 miles (27 kilometers) long and up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide, extending from coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles to the ocean.

Winds in the foothill area are hitting around 30 mph 48 kph), with gusts up to 60 mph (97 kph).


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