Thomas fire, cause of deadly mudslides, is finally 100 percent contained

Thomas fire, cause of deadly mudslides, is finally 100 percent contained

The announcement Friday marks a hard-fought triumph over the wildfire, which earlier this month became the largest in modern state history.

Firefighters have still not determined the cause of the fire.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter and level three restrictions are in place for the rest of the forest. Two people were killed in connection to the fire. The fire burned almost 282,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. Campfires are allowed only in designated-use sites, and no fires are allowed in the backcountry; portable stoves and lanterns (with an on-off switch) are only permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit. Heavy rain in the early hours of Tuesday morning triggered flooding and mudflows in areas burned by wildfires a year ago.

Rain water mixed with ash, branches, boulders and other debris on the ground and ran downhill, slamming into structures and wiping more than 100 homes away.

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The fire remains under investigation, but not before destroying more than 1,000 structures and damaging 280 structures.

George Rose via Getty Images Fire, smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire is visible in the hills above Montecito, California, on December 13. Nearly the entire community of Montecito ― around 10,000 people ― was as emergency responders continued to sift through the rubble.

The freeway is the prime route between Ventura and Santa Barbara, and the closure is stranding some motorists. "It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere".

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