Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Thomas Fire 100 Percent Contained As Of Friday Morning

Thomas Fire 100 Percent Contained As Of Friday Morning

In addition to causing massive destruction, the fire also contributed to earlier this week.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.

In all, the Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280, according to the Forest Service.

The fire killed at least: Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula and Cory Iverson, 32, a firefighter from San Diego.

"Los Padres National Forest would like to thank all the 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", a spokesperson said in a statement on Friday.

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.

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The blaze broke out December 4 near Santa Paula, and destroyed 1,063 structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, while damaging 280 others.

The search amid the mud-covered wreckage of cars and homes is in its third day Friday, and crews want people out of the area in order to bring in more dump trucks and heavy equipment to move more of the boulders and debris.

The Montecito region near Santa Barbara, a wealthy area and other celebrities, was particularly badly hit.

Water, mud and debris continue to move, hampering Caltrans progress in clearing U.S. 101.

Federal and state authorities are now examining the burn area to assess the risks for flooding and other post-fire hazards. Mandatory evacuation orders were in place for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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