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Deadly Thomas wildfire now biggest ever to hit California after burning 273,400 acres of foothills and national forest

Blaze has scorched more than 700 homes and is 154 acres larger than previous record-holder

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The inferno first broke out in Santa Paula earlier this month Reuters/Gene Blevins

A wildfire which has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness north west of Los Angeles has become the largest blaze ever officially recorded in California,authorities said.

The Thomas fire took only two-and-a-half weeks to burn its way into history books as unrelenting winds and parched weather turned everything in its path to tinder – including more than 700 homes.

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The Independent

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