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Thomas Fire now 100 percent contained as California digs out from mudslides

Thomas Fire now 100 percent contained as California digs out from mudslides

In the wake of this week's strong winter storm, the 281,893-acre Thomas Fire was declared fully contained on Friday.

Island Packers Cruises of Ventura, a boating company that serves Channel Islands National Park, is offering a ferry service between Ventura and Santa Barbara while the freeway is closed. Just 13 people remain assigned to the fire. The fire burned almost 282,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

The image on the left shows the region in November 2017, about one month before the deadly Thomas fire broke out in Ventura County and spread north into Santa Barbara County.

Toronto schoolgirl, 11, 'really scared' after hijab cut in scissors attack
The outrage that two young, innocent, Canadian kids could face such an ugly attack over a hijab clearly struck a nerve. Samad said she grew up in Canada and has been here for 25 years, and has not seen this type of incident before.

Two deaths were attributed to the wildfire - 70-year-old Virginia Pesola of Santa Paula who crashed her auto trying to escape and 32-year old San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson who was killed battling the fire. About $177 million was spent fighting the fire as of December 24, according to Cal Fire. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time". 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.

The mandatory evacuation zone in Montecito has expanded three days after a devastating mud slide that killed at least 17 people.

Usually, vegetation helps absorb the rain as it hits the ground. Some of those that were unaccounted for have been located, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.


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