After Wet Winter Storm, Thomas Fire Declared 100% Contained

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After more than a month of destruction, the largest fire in California's modern history is now 100% contained, according to the US Forest Service.

According to news released by Los Padres National Forest officials, the Thomas Fire began on December 4 and over a month later had burned 281,893 acres, destroyed 1,063 Structures and damaged 280 more.

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito is finally 100 percent contained.

The trucks can carry 10-20 tons of debris at a time and make as many as seven trips a day.


There is now a closure order that covers the burned area and surrounding areas as well.

A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Island Packers Cruises of Ventura, a boating company that serves Channel Islands National Park, is offering a ferry service between Ventura and Santa Barbara while the freeway is closed.

Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.


Its historic toll in Southern California - more than 280,000 acres ravaged - also led to another deadly disaster: the mudslides this month in Santa Barbara County.

The Thomas Fire put a cap on what was the costliest year for wildfires in U.S. history, with $10 billion in damage.

With the fire now essentially out, officials are focusing on repairing damage from the firefighting efforts, and assessing risks from flooding and debris flows.


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