Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

After Wet Winter Storm, Thomas Fire Declared 100% Contained

After Wet Winter Storm, Thomas Fire Declared 100% Contained

Truck after truck full of mud and debris from the mudslide that hit Montecito and buried Highway 101 are going in and out of a county dump site in Santa Barbara.

California's largest fire in recorded history known as the Thomas Fire reached 100 percent containment Friday, forestry officials announced.

4 outside Ventura as a series of blazes cropped up across Southern California, but it eventually grew to be the largest, burning through around 281,893 acres ― or about 213,000 football fields ― in and around the Los Padres National Forest. The town just 6 miles down the road from Santa Barbara toward Los Angeles, is the residence of numerous wealthy people including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen de Generes. Two people were killed in connection to the fire.

In all, the Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280, according to the Forest Service. In addition to causing massive destruction, the fire also contributed to earlier this week.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Dept has confirmed 5 dead to ABC News.

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"We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time", officials said.

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

At least 17 people died this week when the mud rushed into communities around Montecito.

"All these hills normally have a protective cover of chaparral", said Tom Fayram, Santa Barbara's deputy director of public works.

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