Acre Thomas Fire in Southern California Now 100% Contained

Santa Barbara County Fire Department fire burns canyons and ridges above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon as the fight to contain a wildfire continues in Montecito Calif

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. Over 1,000 structures were destroyed, including many homes, and an additional 280 were damaged.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter and level three restrictions are in place for the rest of the forest.

Following the beginning of the Thomas Fire, local community partners determined that the United Way organizations, in both counties, are uniquely positioned and qualified to manage the disaster fund, accept contributions, make distributions, promote the fund and provide a report to the community on how the funds were used.

The Thomas Fire ignited on December 4 and has burned about 281,900 acres since then, sending wide swaths of Southern California up in flames. The Thomas Fire left hillsides and landscape vulnerable in the region, with Montecito receiving the brunt of the downpour and destruction, resulting in at least 13 deaths, 25 injured and 50 rescues by air and dozens by ground due to mudslides and flooding. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo.

With some homes still buried up to their roofs, and the remains of large trees and giant boulders throughout the 30 square miles of Montecito affected by the mud slide, it could be weeks before people are allowed back into the area.

Water, mud and debris continue to move, hampering Caltrans progress in clearing United States 101.

Emergency responders load a person caught in Santa Barbara County's first major storm of the year.

Federal and state authorities are now examining the burn area to assess the risks for flooding and other post-fire hazards.

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