Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Thomas Fire now 100 percent contained as California digs out from mudslides

Thomas Fire now 100 percent contained as California digs out from mudslides

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. 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.

- Both directions of U.S. 101 remain closed from the junction of State Route 126 in Ventura County to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara County due to mudslides, so motorists are advised to use the I-5 as an alternate route.

The fire killed at least: Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula and Cory Iverson, 32, a firefighter from San Diego. The fire became in California at almost 282,000 acres.

As of Thursday, and eight more were missing, according to fire officials. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time", forestry officials stated.

After the Thomas Fire, the next-largest wildfire in the state's history occurred in 2003, when the Cedar Fire near San Diego burned through 273,246 acres.

Santa Barbara County residents are urged to STAY OFF OF THE ROADS to allow emergency operations to take place in areas impacted by the storm.

Mud and debris have destroyed homes and trapped people in their houses from the foothills above Montecito to the beach. "That's all gone. nearly 100% gone".

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