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Largest Wildfire on Record in California Finally Contained

Largest Wildfire on Record in California Finally Contained”

In addition to causing massive destruction, the fire also contributed to devastating mudslides in the region earlier this week.

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

In response to the destructive flooding and loss of life following the Thomas Fire, United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County have reestablished their support effort as the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.

Los Padres National Forest officials flew over the scorched land Thursday and determined that it was fully contained.

Authorities continue to warn of residual dangers from the Thomas Fire, however - especially new mudslides in the burned-out landscapes it has left behind.

The local United Way offices initially established the fund in December 2017, shortly after the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in state history, ignited. Cal Fire's analysis of 2017 showed that five of the top 20 most destructive fires in the state's history occurred past year.

Rain water mixed with ash, branches, boulders and other debris on the ground and ran downhill, slamming into structures and wiping more than 100 homes away. Nearly the entire community of Montecito ― around 10,000 people ― was under a mandatory evacuation order Thursday as emergency responders continued to sift through the rubble. Residents are advised to adhere to the closure order and stay out of the forest until Los Padres National Forest deems it safe for the public to reenter the area and to be mindful on any notices and warning put out by the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Services and the Ventura County Office of Emergency Management. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere". After a wildfire, flood risk is usually highest until vegetation returns, which can take up to five years.



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