Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Thomas Fire 100 Percent Contained As Of Friday Morning

Thomas Fire 100 Percent Contained As Of Friday Morning

After devastating mudslides in the Santa Barbara area, US Highway 101 is closed between Santa Barbara (Milpas Street) and Carpinteria (Hwy 150) through Monday, January 15, 2018.

The 281,893 acre Thomas Fire in southern California is now 100% contained, after starting on December 4th.

Island Packers Cruises of Ventura, a boating company that serves Channel Islands National Park, is offering a ferry service between Ventura and Santa Barbara while the freeway is closed.

In all, the Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280, according to the Forest Service.

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

At one point, more than 2,800 firefighters were working to contain the fire. Heavy rain in the early hours of Tuesday morning triggered flooding and mudflows in areas burned by wildfires previous year.

Los Padres National Forest officials flew over the scorched land Thursday and determined that it was fully contained. The Thomas Fire left hillsides and landscape vulnerable in the region, with Montecito receiving the brunt of the downpour and destruction, resulting in at least 13 deaths, 25 injured and 50 rescues by air and dozens by ground due to mudslides and flooding.

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

Emergency responders load a person caught in Santa Barbara County's first major storm of the year.

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