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Largest Wildfire In California History Now Contained After Month Of Work

Largest Wildfire In California History Now Contained After Month Of WorkCalifornia’s largest wildfire in state history, known as the Thomas Fire, is now 100 percent contained after more than one month of work, officials announced Friday.



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Largest wildfire on record in California finally contained

Largest wildfire on record in California finally containedVENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The largest wildfire on record in California was declared contained on Friday, days after mud on the coastal mountain slopes it scorched crashed down on homes during a storm, killing at least 18 people.



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California's 2017 wildfire season to rank among most destructive, costly on record

California's 2017 wildfire season to rank among most destructive, costly on recordCalifornia’s 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history.



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California wildfire largest since 1932: Cal Fire

California wildfire largest since 1932: Cal FireA California wildfire that firefighters have battled for over two weeks is now the state’s largest since at least 1932, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday. The so-called “Thomas Fire” has burned 273,400 acres (70,172 hectares), destroyed 1,063 structures and cost more than $ 177 million since it broke out on December 4, Cal Fire said. San Diego-based Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County on December 14.



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Funeral held for firefighter killed in California wildfire

Funeral held for firefighter killed in California wildfireSAN DIEGO (AP) — A state firefighter who died battling the largest wildfire recorded in California's modern history was remembered Saturday as a devoted family man who didn't hesitate to do his job, no matter the danger.



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The Latest: Barely active, California wildfire nears record

The Latest: Barely active, California wildfire nears recordVENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California's big wildfire (all times local):



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The Latest: California wildfire now largest in state history

The Latest: California wildfire now largest in state historyVENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California's big wildfire (all times local):



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Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history

Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's historyThe Thomas Fire has burned more acres than any previous wildfire on record in California, and there are no signs of a pattern change that would deliver beneficial weather for battling the blaze.



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California wildfire the largest in the state's recorded history

California wildfire the largest in the state's recorded historyA California wildfire that has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles became the largest blaze ever officially recorded in California on Friday, authorities said. 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. The fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties had scorched 273,400 acres, or about 427 square miles of coastal foothills and national forest, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That was 154 acres larger than California's previous fire record holder — the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that killed 15 people. The Cedar fire had been recognized as the biggest California wildfire in terms of acreage since 1932. Some fires before that date undoubtedly were larger but records are unreliable, according to state fire officials. A firefighter and a civilian fleeing the flames died in the Thomas fire as days of unrelentingly dry, gusty winds drove the flames. At times firefighters were forced to retreat to safe areas and simply wait for the flames to pass so they could attack them from the rear. Often erratic gusts combined with extremely low humidity — it dropped to just 1 percent on some days — pushed the blaze with virtually unprecedented speed, blackening more ground in weeks than other fires had consumed in a month or more. On Wednesday, as the fire continued to march north and west, Santa Barbara County fire Capt. David Zaniboni was awed by the speed of its growth. "Those (other) fires burned for weeks and weeks and this fire is only a few weeks old," he said. "It's incredible." By that point, firefighters already were beginning to take advantage of a lull in the weather. Several days of easing winds allowed crews to burn and bulldoze protective firebreaks in the foothills above threatened communities, including the celebrity enclave of Montecito. Q&A | Wildfires By Thursday, most of the southern end of the fire also was surrounded and the last mandatory evacuation orders were called off. As of Friday, while 18,000 homes and other buildings were technically still at risk, there was little flame showing in previously burned areas and the fire was moving slowly through remote wilderness. The fire was 65 percent contained and colder, moister weather was helping. Although some 50-mph winds gusts were recorded, it produced "no remarkable fire activity" near Montecito or other areas, according to a state fire report. While brush and timber in the area remain tinder dry, fire crews are setting backfires to burn it out, and that could add to the fire's size. "The main fire itself will not have any growth," Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of the California City Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times. "Any growth that we see or is reflected in the acreage will be based on the control burns."



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California wildfire becomes largest on record in the state

California wildfire becomes largest on record in the stateA sprawling Southern California wildfire that has been burning through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4 has become the largest on record in the state, state fire officials said on Friday. The so-called Thomas fire has blazed through 273,400 acres (110,641 hectares), surpassing the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 273,246 acres and killed 15 people, they said. Incremental increases in burned acreage detected by daily aerial surveys since then have been largely due to controlled-burning operations conducted by firefighters to clear swaths of vegetation between the smoldering edges of the fire zone and populated areas.



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