Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

California wildfires by the numbers: $177M spent, more than 1000 structures destroyed

Plumes of smoke continue to move through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as the Thomas Fire continues to burn through the areas on Sunday Dec. 10 2017 Thomas Fire largest wildfire in California history at 273400 acres
Elsie Buchanan | 26 December, 2017, 10:29

The fire eventually moved into Santa Barbara County, threatening Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, after devastating much of downtown Ventura.

San Diego-based Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County on December 14.

A spate of Southern California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Philadelphia - combined.

2017 has been a record year for California wildfires, and this holiday season, the Thomas wildfire in the southern parts of the state has become the largest fire recorded in state history. It started in Ventura County and has been moving across Santa Barbara County. Fewer have experienced Christmas on a large fire.

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The disaster milestone has resulted in 2017 becoming the most destructive fire season on record in California, as multiple burns, including October wildfires in northern California's wine country that destroyed over 10,000 homes and killed more than 40 people, have decimated the Golden State, according to the Sacramento Bee. And the cost is sure to grow, given the inferno was 70% contained over the weekend. Officials incorrectly reported earlier that the fire was 78% contained. At least two deaths, including one firefighter, have been attributed to the Thomas Fire. Twenty-one commercial buildings burned.

The Nevada Department of Corrections and Nevada Division of Forestry, which run conservation camps, sent six trained crews of minimum security inmates to help. "Other states, including California, were there when OR needed help over the past few years and we're glad we're able to reciprocate".

The state sent firefighters south as part of a mutual-aid agreement that brought California firefighters to assist with OR wildfires last summer.

There are now no mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

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