Largest wild­fire on record in Cal­i­for­nia fi­nally con­tained

The Hitavada - - WORLD -

THE largest wild­fire on record in Cal­i­for­nia has been de­clared con­tained, days af­ter mud on the coastal moun­tain slopes it scorched crashed down on homes dur­ing a storm, killing at least 18 peo­ple.

The Thomas fire was de­clared 100 per cent sur­rounded af­ter rav­aging Ven­tura and Santa Bar­bara coun­ties north­west of Los An­ge­les for more than a month. A cause has not yet been de­ter­mined. Some ar­eas of Los Padres Na­tional For­est re­main closed to the pub­lic un­til author­i­ties de­ter­mine it is safe to en­ter. The blaze be­gan on De­cem­ber 4 and fierce winds drove the flames through tin­der-dry brush, cha­parral and trees.

The fire black­ened 1,140.76 square kms - an area nearly as large as Los An­ge­les.

Flames whipped through foothill com­mu­ni­ties and for­est wilder­ness. More than 1,000 build­ings, in­clud­ing many homes, were in­cin­er­ated and thou­sands of peo­ple were forced to flee.

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