California's largest wildfire continuing to spread, forcing evacuations

The Thomas fire has been burning for almost two weeks, burning over 267,000 acres and now forcing 16,000 new mandatory evacuations.
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On ABC. Now on the massive wildfire tearing through southern California for almost two weeks. The Thomas fire is now the third large nest California history. It's forcing a new round of evacuations. This thing is huge. It's torched 267,000 acres. Marci Gonzalez is in Santa Barbara. Good morning to you. Reporter: Dan, Paula, good morning. This red is where crews dropped fire retardant. It was no help. The flames came over the hill so quickly, they just didn't have time to save this home. And as they tried, this T heat melted some of their hoses. They were able to save other noems this neighborhood. And this morning, are working to protect many more. The rerentless wildfire exploding in southern California. The fire was racing so fast. Reporter: More than 10,000 acres burning just since Friday. Flames like a glowing gash cutting will you the hillside, threatening homes. Forcing 16,000 new mandatory evacuations. Weather conditions creating a huge challenge for firefighters. As we saw firsthand. The major concern out here is the wind. You can see just how strong it is gusting. Carrying these flames in unpredictable directions. Those gusts reaching 65 miles an hour. It burned a lot today. Reporter: More than 267,000 acres charred since the Thomas fire started nearly two weeks ago. It is still spreading fast. I'm shocked we don't have 100 homes on the ground right now. Reporter: Among those forced from their homes, actor rob Lowe, posting these pictures on stain gram of flames creeping alarmingly close. And Oprah Winfrey who lives in montecito. Tweeted still praying for our little town. Katy Perry's brother evacuated Saturday. Tweeting prayer for the firefighters and the first responders that are fighting it back as best they can. More than 8,000 fire personnel from 12 states battling the inferno. Costing $110 million so far. This morning, firefighters working tirelessly to save homes and lives. I'll have another crew come up and back you up. Reporter: Exhausted, but optimistic. Hoping this could be the home stretch? We're hoping. Reporter: But the winds in this area are expected to pick up yet again on Wednesday. And many of those firefighters are planning to be out here until after Christmas. Dan? Paula? A tough holiday season for a lot of people. Marci, thank you.

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