Little activity remains at huge Southern Calif. wildfire
Officials said the fire is 88 percent contained and is not expected to make any further forward progress
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The wildfire that scarred a huge area of Southern California this month is producing very little active flame now.
Officials say the fire is 88 percent contained Tuesday and is not expected to make any further forward progress.
The fire scorched more than 440 square miles of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroyed more than 1,000 structures and damaged 280 others after breaking out Dec. 4.
Fewer than 900 personnel remain on the fire, which once was battled by an army of more than 8,000 firefighters as it became California's largest on record.
Flare-ups may occur and about 30 wilderness oil seeps ignited by the fire continue to burn, but authorities say there's little smoke and air quality reports indicate healthy conditions for outdoor activities.
California's Thomas Wildfire So Far:— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) December 27, 2017
- Largest recorded wildfire in California ever
- Burned over 1,000 km2
- Not yet contained even though it's area's wettest season
- 8,500 firefighters and $175m spent, both records
- 100,000 evacuated#climate pic.twitter.com/CvgtIOTd63
Christmas morning from the Thomas Fire base camp. The wildfire, now the largest on record in California, is roughly 272,000 acres and 86% contained. pic.twitter.com/za49ZIUi81— Matt Hamilton (@MattHjourno) December 25, 2017