Acre Thomas Fire in Southern California Now 100% Contained


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.

The trucks can carry 10-20 tons of debris at a time and make as many as seven trips a day.

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito is finally 100 percent contained.

There is now a closure order that covers the burned area and surrounding areas as well. In an ongoing effort to provide transportation during the closure, Santa Barbara Airbus continues to operate their LAX shuttle service under a modified schedule to offer travelers a way to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

More than 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were burned since the Thomas Fire sparked in early December.

Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.

"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. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo. After a wildfire, flood risk is usually highest until vegetation returns, which can take up to five years.