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|January 23, 2019|
Rain came to the aid of firefighters
VENTURA – Only about 200 firefighters are rounding up remnants of the horrific Thomas Fire.
Containment had been predicted for January 20th, but rainfall could trim that estimate.
The Thomas fire erupted December 4th and has burned its way into the history books as unrelenting winds and parched weather turned everything in its path to ashes, including more than 700 homes.
The fire has scorched 281,893 acres of coastal foothills and national forest, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It is 92 percent contained.
It is larger than California’s previous fire record holder, the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that killed 15 people.
The Cedar fire had been recognized as the biggest California wildfire in terms of acreage since 1932. Some fires before that date undoubtedly were larger but records are unreliable, according to state fire officials.
A firefighter and a civilian fleeing the flames died in the Thomas fire. At times firefighters have been forced to retreat to safe areas and simply wait for the flames to pass so they could attack them from the rear.
The massive fire has flushed wildlife from their normal habitats. Residents and visitors to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties who encounter displaced animals are encouraged to maintain a safe distance, refrain from feeding them.
Story Date: January 12, 2018