Thomas Fire, once largest in California history, is now 100% contained

Santa Barbara County Fire Department fire burns canyons and ridges above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon as the fight to contain a wildfire continues in Montecito Calif

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

According to news released by Los Padres National Forest officials, the Thomas Fire began on December 4 and over a month later had burned 281,893 acres, destroyed 1,063 Structures and damaged 280 more. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time". The likelihood of a debris flow is based on a peak 15-minute rainfall intensity of 24 millimeters per hour. Tons of the debris flow barreled onto the 101.

There is now a closure order that covers the burned area and surrounding areas as well.

The image on the left shows the region in November 2017, about one month before the deadly Thomas fire broke out in Ventura County and spread north into Santa Barbara County.

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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.

Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo.

Federal and state authorities are now examining the burn area to assess the risks for flooding and other post-fire hazards.

The freeway is the prime route between Ventura and Santa Barbara, and the closure is stranding some motorists.

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