Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

California's Thomas Fire is now the state's largest EVER

California fires 'burn way into history,' largest in state so far Thomas fire becomes largest in California recorded history
Kenneth Drake | 26 December, 2017, 10:24

One fatality directly related to the fire has been reported, a firefighter who succumbed to burns and smoke inhalation in the line of duty on December 14 in Ventura County.

The Thomas fire took only 2 ½ weeks to burn its way into history books as unrelenting winds and parched weather turned everything in its path to tinder - including more than 700 homes.

Crews are continuing to patrol the fire lines along the front country above Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria, and on Camino Cielo on the ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

The firefighters at the Thomas fire base camp had a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Christmas Eve morning, with the Ventura County Fire Department sharing a group picture.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California.


This year has been the costliest for wildfires in United States history.

One of the trees was knocked down by wind during the summer, the other one survived the fire. But on Saturday firefighters conducted firing operations on the northern flank along Cherry Creek Road near Highway 33 to keep the fire from moving to the north.

Saturday at 6:00 p.m. responsibilities were transferred to California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 under the leadership of Incident Commander Mark Von Tillow.

The blaze would have been much larger if it had not burned into previous fires, including the 2009 Jesusita, 2007 Zaca, and 2006 Day Fires.

More than half of the burned acreage took place on U.S. National Forest land, according to the federal and state agencies overseeing the fire. Evacuations were ordered for a few days, and then lifted Thursday.

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