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After Wet Winter Storm, Thomas Fire Declared 100% Contained

13 January 2018

Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. The fire, which led to deadly mudslides in Montecito, was officially deemed 100 percent contained on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time".

In the weeks since the deadly fire, the U.S. Geological Survey studied the burn area to determine its vulnerability to flash floods, mudslides and debris flows. This order includes trails within the burned area.

The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities, including Montecito.

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. The Sage Hill Group Campground is temporarily closed while fire crews use the area as a base camp. After a wildfire, flood risk is usually highest until vegetation returns, which can take up to five years.

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The Thomas Fire put a cap on what was the costliest year for wildfires in United States history, with $10 billion in damage.

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

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After Wet Winter Storm, Thomas Fire Declared 100% Contained