After crews flew over the burn area Thursday to make sure there were no active flames, officials declared the Thomas Fire at 100 percent containment.
The 281,893 acre Thomas Fire in southern California is now 100% contained, after starting on December 4th.
The U.S. Forest Service made the announcement Friday after aerial surveys of the 440-square-mile scar left by the Thomas fire. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time", forestry officials stated. The likelihood of a debris flow is based on a peak 15-minute rainfall intensity of 24 millimeters per hour. "Debris flows can be extremely unsafe". This order includes trails within the burned area.
A stretch of Highway 101 is expected to remain closed until at least Monday following a mudflow that covered the road along California's coast.
Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.
The Thomas Fire is the largest wildfire in California's history.
For traffic updates in Santa Barbara County, motorists may call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm Also, our free Quickmap app will provide real-time information on full closures, CHP incidents, traffic cameras and other important highway information. Both federal and state emergency response teams are assessing the burned areas to identify places at particular risk of flooding or debris flow.