January 21, 2018
Thomas Fire contained, aftereffects linger
VENTURA (INT) The battle took 5-weeks and 4-days, but Calfire is calling the massive Thomas Fire 100 percent contained.

The conflagration erupted December 4th and became the largest California wildfire in modern history. At least two people, including a firefighter, were killed. More than 1,000 homes and other structures were destroyed and another 280 damaged. It primed mountainsides in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for mudslides that followed 5-weeks later claiming another 17 lives.

Firefighting costs eclipsed $117 million.

The fire was unprecedented for December and January, and it serves as a testament to the extreme volatility of the fuels and that fire season can be year-round.

The official cause has not been announced, but a lawsuit claims that a Southern California Edison crew working in the area accidentally started it.

The flood risk and debris flows will continue until vegetation returns, which can take up to five years, the US Forest Service said.
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