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Thomas Fire 100 Percent Contained As Of Friday Morning

Thomas Fire 100 Percent Contained As Of Friday Morning

More than a month after the Thomas Fire took hold in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, firefighters have reached 100 percent containment of the deadly blaze. However it started, the fire was fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and by the overall lack of precipitation this fall and winter, turning the brush, tall grass and chaparral in the area into fuels, according to the Forest Service.

Two people, a firefighter and a civilian, died in the fire. 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. The fire became in California at almost 282,000 acres.

Authorities determined the fire was completely contained after survey flights over the burn area Thursday. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time", forestry officials stated.

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




However, Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said that number could still fluctuate.

The Santa Barbara Airbus modified schedule consists of five, large 56-passenger coaches with daily departures from the Goleta headquarters located at 750 Technology Drive with free parking available.

It continued to smolder before a drenching Pacific storm hit bare hills and mountains this week, unleashing debris-laden flash floods that swept away homes and killed at least 17 people.


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