A Cal Fire firefighter inspects a home that was destroyed by a mudslide on January 12, 2018 in Montecito, Calif. 17 people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito early Tuesday morning. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.
Authorities determined the fire was completely contained after survey flights over the burn area Thursday.
The forest closures within the footprint of the Thomas Fire remain in effect until further assessments can be made and deemed safe for the public to re-enter.
"It's heartbreaking that just weeks after the Thomas Fire devastated the Central Coast, our community is again facing awful destruction and the tragic loss of family and friends", said Steve Ortiz, United Way of Santa Barbara County President & CEO, and Eric Harrison, President & CEO, United Way of Ventura County, in a joint statement.
There is now a closure order that covers the burned area and surrounding areas as well. Debris flows can be extremely unsafe. This order includes trails within the burned area.
Those blazes, along with the Thomas fire, were fueled by dry conditions and intense winds.
FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images A house remains standing in front of an ash-filled hillside in Montecito California on Dec. 20
Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.
The fire eclipsed the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County, which burned 273,246 acres.
The local United Way offices initially established the fund in December 2017, shortly after the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in state history, ignited.
County-based emergency service agencies are reviewing assessment reports from the BAER and WERT teams and working on emergency preparation plans for affected communities.
On Friday, officials warned about the potential for additional mudslides, noting that the risk of flooding is high until vegetation returns ― which could take five years.