Thomas Fire, California's Largest On Record, Is Now 100 Percent Contained

  • Thomas Fire, California's Largest On Record, Is Now 100 Percent Contained

Thomas Fire, California's Largest On Record, Is Now 100 Percent Contained

Fire officials in California say the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in California's history, is now 100 percent contained.

The U.S. Forest Service made the announcement Friday after aerial surveys of the 440-square-mile scar left by the Thomas fire.

"Los Padres National Forest would like to thank all the first responders and cooperators that responded to this incident over the last month and giving up the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families and the sacrifices they made", a spokesperson said in a statement on Friday.

The trucks can carry 10-20 tons of debris at a time and make as many as seven trips a day.

Wildfires exacerbate the potential for debris flow and are most likely to occur during high intensity rainfall. This order includes trails within the burned area.

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 Sage Hill Group Campground is temporarily closed while fire crews use the area as a base camp.

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

The Thomas Fire put a cap on what was the costliest year for wildfires in USA history, with $10 billion in damage. Both federal and state emergency response teams are assessing the burned areas to identify places at particular risk of flooding or debris flow.