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

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

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

The 281,893 acre Thomas Fire in southern California is now 100% contained, after starting on December 4th.

At one point, more than 2,800 firefighters were working to contain the fire.

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"Los Padres National Forest would like to thank all the first responders and cooperators that responded to this incident over the last month and giving up the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families and the sacrifices they made", the Forest Service said in a statement Friday. The fire became in California at almost 282,000 acres.

Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, died last month while battling the Thomas Fire.

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A series of wildfires in Northern California late a year ago, killing more than 40 people. 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.

Burned barren by the fire, the hills in the area made easy prey for recent heavy rains, loosing rivers of mud that found little resistance from the scant vegetation that remained. Both federal and state emergency response teams are assessing the burned areas to identify places at particular risk of flooding or debris flow. The town just 6 miles down the road from Santa Barbara toward Los Angeles, is the residence of numerous wealthy people including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen de Generes.

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Dept has confirmed 5 dead to ABC News.

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