Thomas fire continues to grow in southern California

The Thomas fire, now the third largest in state history, has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and threatens to take more homes and require new evacuations.
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Now to the breaking story out west. The devastating wildfire growing in size in southern California. The Thomas fire, now the third largest in state history, threatening more homes and forcing more evacuations. The fire destroying more than 1,000 structures. Firefighters bracing for the powerful Santa Ana winds to kick up again. Here's Marci Gonzalez. Reporter: Tonight, fire crews waging an all-out war against this massive, unrelenting wildfire, now the size of new York City. Crews climbing the California hills with chainsaws, axes and shovels, desperately trying to get the upper hand. We're hitting this thing with everything we've got. Reporter: The inferno now burning for nearly two weeks. The wall of smoke at one point, so thick, it nearly blacked out the sun. Nearly 800 homes destroyed. Several more lost over the weekend, as wind gusts topped 60 miles an hour. You can see just how powerful the wind is here. It brought the flames in so quickly that fire crews say they didn't have time to get up there to save this home. The most severe fire behavior I've seen. Reporter: That extreme threat forcing new mandatory evacuations. Celebrities among the thousands of people in the fire zone. Rob Lowe posting these photos of his home. And Ellen DeGeneres writing, "Our home is still standing but so many have been lost. Firefighters continue to be my heroes." One of those heroes, Cory Iverson, who died fighting the Thomas fire last week. Today, hundreds turned out to honor the husband and father who was set to welcome a new baby soon. Colleagues mourning, but still on the front lines. Tonight, taking advantage of a short-lived break in the winds. We expect winds to kick back up very severe on Wednesday. Reporte a timely rush to stop this fire from spreading. The holidays are coming, everybody just wants to get home. Reporter: You can see the holiday decorations still hanging at this home. Firefighters told to plan to be out through Christmas, but now expected to be out through the new year. Tom? Marci, thank you. Next tonight, the murder

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