California's largest fire in recorded history known as the Thomas Fire reached 100 percent containment Friday, forestry officials announced.
Officials conducted flights over the burn area Thursday using infrared detectors to look for any remaining hot spots before declaring the fire fully contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which is now overseeing the incident. "Debris flows can be extremely risky". The likelihood of a debris flow is based on a peak 15-minute rainfall intensity of 24 millimeters per hour. This order includes trails within the burned area.
-In response to the destructive flooding and loss of life following the Thomas Fire, United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County have reestablished their support effort as the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.
The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.
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Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.
The Thomas Fire put a cap on what was the costliest year for wildfires in United States history, with $10 billion in damage.
"The only words I can really think of to describe what it looked [like] was it looked like a World War I battlefield", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.
County-based emergency service agencies are reviewing assessment reports from the BAER and WERT teams and working on emergency preparation plans for affected communities.