CA's Largest Wildfire on Record is 100-Percent Contained

Firefighters Contain Largest Wildfire on Record

Authorities made the determination after flights Thursday over the burn area.

"It's heartbreaking that just weeks after the Thomas Fire devastated the Central Coast, our community is again facing bad destruction and the tragic loss of family and friends", said Steve Ortiz, United Way of Santa Barbara County President & CEO, and Eric Harrison, President & CEO, United Way of Ventura County, in a joint statement.

Fire officials said firefighters have been cleared out of the fire zone because of safety hazards caused by the intense debris flow.

The 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County is expected to remain shut down through January 15 due to the devastating mudslides and flooding that have killed at least 17 people in Montecito. Firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, died due to thermal injuries and smoke inhalation, according to the medical examiner.

Despite its size, the Thomas fire has been less destructive than either the wine country fires or the Cedar fire, which destroyed 2,820 structures and killed 15 people.

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The grainy photos - likely taken on a cellphone - show Boyle, Coleman and their three children meeting with the prime minister. Boyle posted to Twitter pictures of him and his family visiting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his Centre Block office.

The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed.

A series of wildfires in Northern California became the state's deadliest late past year, killing more than 40 people.

The local United Way offices initially established the fund in December 2017, shortly after the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in state history, ignited.

The Thomas Fire remains 92% contained and has burned 281,893 acres. This is almost double what was reported in 2016. During that same period in 2016, the state firefighting agency reported 4,759 fires that burned 244,304 acres. That grass dried out in summer and turned into tinder, providing fuel for rapidly spreading fires often pushed by strong winds that can carry hot embers for miles and turn small spot fires into infernos.

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