Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Thomas Fire: California's largest fire fully contained

800x800.jpg Thomas Fire: California's largest fire fully contained
Shannon Reynolds | 13 January, 2018, 12:30

The announcement Friday marks a hard-fought triumph over the wildfire, which earlier this month became the largest in modern state history.

At one point, more than 2,800 firefighters were working to contain the fire. In an ongoing effort to provide transportation during the closure, Santa Barbara Airbus continues to operate their LAX shuttle service under a modified schedule to offer travelers a way to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The fire killed at least: Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula and Cory Iverson, 32, a firefighter from San Diego.

The Thomas Fire has been blamed for two deaths and the destruction of more than 1,000 structures.

Authorities determined the fire was completely contained after survey flights over the burn area Thursday.

The Thomas Fire was unusual.

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A series of wildfires in Northern California late past year, killing more than 40 people. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo.

Burned barren by the fire, the hills in the area made easy prey for recent heavy rains, loosing rivers of mud that found little resistance from the scant vegetation that remained.

George Rose via Getty Images Fire, smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire is visible in the hills above Montecito, California, on December 13.

U.S. Coast Guard Santa Barbara crews remove vehicles from the beach in Montecito. Nearly the entire community of Montecito ― around 10,000 people ― was as emergency responders continued to sift through the rubble.

See how the cleanup is coming along on the vital connection between Santa Barbara and Ventura. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere".

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