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Largest Wildfire In California History Now Contained After Month Of Work

Largest Wildfire In California History Now Contained After Month Of Work”

The Thomas Fire was declared 100 percent contained on Friday morning after more than a month of firefighters battling the blaze, which consumed 280,000 acres and destroyed at least 1,000 structures, according to officials at the U.S. Forest Service.

Two people, a firefighter and a civilian, died in the fire.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter and level three restrictions are in place for the rest of the forest. While California wildfires generally occur in hot summer months, years of drought have created conditions where such disasters can occur year-round.

The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities, including Montecito.

Early Tuesday, heavy rains across the region met scorched earth in the Thomas Fire region and triggered devastating mudslides that killed at least 18 people as water failed to absorb into the freshly burnt ground. Many people in the area had just returned home from evacuations due to the wildfire.

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

With some homes still buried up to their roofs, and the remains of large trees and giant boulders throughout the 30 square miles of Montecito affected by the mud slide, it could be weeks before people are allowed back into the area.

Emergency responders load a person caught in Santa Barbara County's first major storm of the year. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere".

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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