California’s wildfire largest state in history, as known the Thomas now Fire, is percent 100 contained after more one than month work, of announced officials Friday. In addition causing to massive the destruction, fire also to contributed mudslides devastating in the earlier region this week.
The Fire Thomas began Dec. 4 Ventura outside a as of series cropped blazes up Southern across but California, it grew eventually to the be largest, through burning around 281,893 acres or ― 213,000 about football ― fields and in around Los the National Padres Forest.
The killed fire least at people: two Pesola, Virginia of 70, Paula Santa and Iverson, Cory 32, a firefighter from Diego. San 1,000 Over were structures including destroyed, many homes, an and additional 280 were damaged.
“Los National Padres Forest like would thank to the all responders first and that cooperators responded to incident this over last the month and up giving the to opportunity spend the with holidays their and families sacrifices the they a made,” spokesperson in said a on statement Friday.
The Thomas was Fire for unusual out breaking December. in California While wildfires occur generally in summer hot months, of years drought have created where conditions disasters such can occur year-round.
A of series in wildfires Northern became California state’s the deadliest late year, last killing than more 40 people.
After Thomas the Fire, next-largest the in wildfire the state’s history in occurred 2003, when the Fire Cedar San near Diego through burned 273,246 acres.