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Thomas Fire: California's largest fire fully contained

Thomas Fire: California's largest fire fully contained

The Thomas fire, the largest wildfire on record in California and the trigger point for this week's deadly mudslides in Montecito, was declared 100 percent contained Friday. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.

Following the beginning of the Thomas Fire, local community partners determined that the United Way organizations, in both counties, are uniquely positioned and qualified to manage the disaster fund, accept contributions, make distributions, promote the fund and provide a report to the community on how the funds were used.

Los Padres National Forest officials thanked 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.

The almost 282,000-acre Thomas fire spread into Santa Barbara County, burning homes and charring hillsides - a chain of events that eventually led to this week's deadly mudflows in Montecito.

With no vegetation to hold back the land, Tuesday's heavy rainfall triggered mudslides and debris flows that rushed into neighborhoods and overtook houses. This order includes trails within the burned area.

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Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo. Then it moved up the southern Santa Barbara County coast, where firefighters made a stand in the hills above Montecito.

Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.

Crews will be flying over the Thomas Fire burn area Wednesday and Thursday to asses damage that may have been caused by the recent mudslide storm to the Forest Area.

On Friday, officials warned about the potential for additional mudslides, noting that the risk of flooding is high until vegetation returns ― which could take five years.


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