Thomas Fire

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.wikipedia
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December 2017 Southern California wildfires

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.
The largest of the wildfires was the Thomas Fire, which grew to 281,893 acres, and became the largest wildfire in modern California history, until it was surpassed by the Ranch Fire in the Mendocino Complex, in the following year.

List of California wildfires

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It burned approximately 281,893 acre before being fully contained on January 12, 2018, making it the largest wildfire in modern California history at the time, being surpassed by the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex, less than a year later in August 2018.

Mendocino Complex Fire

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It burned approximately 281,893 acre before being fully contained on January 12, 2018, making it the largest wildfire in modern California history at the time, being surpassed by the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex, less than a year later in August 2018.
First reported on July 27, 2018, both fires burned a combined total of 459,123 acre, before they were collectively 100% contained on September 18; the Ranch Fire alone burned 410,203 acre, surpassing the Thomas Fire to become the single-largest modern California wildfire.

2018 Southern California mudflows

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By January 10, at least 21 people had been killed by the sudden flooding and debris flows that followed the heavy rains, which also destroyed over 100 homes.
The December fires burned 307,953 acres of which 281,893 acres were burned during the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in the state's history at the time.

Thomas Aquinas College

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The fire began on December 4, north of Santa Paula, near Steckel Park and south of Thomas Aquinas College from which the fire was named.
In December 2017 the Thomas wildfire, the largest of the seasons wildfires, started near, and was named after, the college.

Santa Barbara County, California

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.
An example of this is the massive Thomas Fire, which started in Ventura County and rapidly spread into southern Santa Barbara County in December 2017.

Montecito, California

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The evacuation orders were expanded further north into Santa Barbara County into the communities of Carpinteria and Montecito.
Montecito was evacuated five times in four months between December, 2017, and March, 2018, because of weather-related events, which included the Thomas Fire, the 2018 Southern California mudflows, and flooding related to the Pineapple Express.

Cedar Fire (2003)

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During the evening of December 22, the Thomas Fire expanded to 273,400 acre, with containment remaining at 65% for the second day, surpassing the Cedar Fire of 2003 to become California's largest wildfire in modern history.
In December 2017, the Thomas Fire surpassed the Cedar Fire to become California's largest modern wildfire on record, before the Mendocino Complex Fire's Ranch Fire surpassed both fires to become the state's largest wildfire in August 2018.

Ventura, California

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Fast-moving, it quickly reached the city of Ventura, where over five hundred residences were destroyed that night.
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T. C. Boyle

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Writer T.C. Boyle, whose Montecito home was within the proximity of both the fire and mudslides, documented the collective trauma in The New Yorker magazine.
Their home was imperiled in the 2017 Thomas Fire which consumed 440 square miles and over 1,000 structures in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, killing a firefighter in the latter.

Rush Fire

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On December 19, the Thomas Fire grew to 272,000 acre, with 55% containment, surpassing the burn area of the Rush Fire in California to become the second-largest wildfire in modern California history.
In December 2017, the Thomas Fire surpassed the Rush Fire to become the second-largest wildfire in modern California history, in terms of the area burned in California.

Ojai Valley School

The Ojai Valley School, near the city of Ojai, was heavily damaged with two buildings being destroyed.
The school was heavily damaged by the Thomas Fire in December 2017.

Solimar Fire

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The fast-moving, wind-driven wildfire continued past the area that had burned in the 2015 Christmas Day Solimar Fire, before crossing the 101 Freeway to the Solimar Beach area, on Pacific Coast Highway, along the Pacific Ocean.
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Santiago Canyon Fire

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Around this time, officials and experts feared that the Thomas Fire could surpass the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889, which had burned over 300,000 acre, and is believed to be California's all-time largest wildfire on record.
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2017 California wildfires

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2017 California wildfires
In December 2017, strong Santa Ana winds triggered a new round of wildfires, including the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

Santa Paula Airport

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The Santa Paula Airport became a helibase for CAL FIRE by the morning after the fire started.
In December 2017, the Thomas Fire erupted and burned across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Santa Ana winds

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The unusually strong and persistent Santa Ana winds were the largest factor in the spread of the fire.
The winds are also associated with some of the area's largest and deadliest wildfires, including one of the state's largest and deadliest fires on record, the Camp fire, Thomas Fire, and Cedar Fire, as well as the Laguna Fire, Old Fire, Esperanza Fire, Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889 and the Witch Creek Fire.

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.

Ventura County, California

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.

Southern California

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017.

Ojai, California

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The fire threatened the Ojai Valley, and on December 13, the fire completely surrounded the area, including Lake Casitas.

Lake Casitas

The fire threatened the Ojai Valley, and on December 13, the fire completely surrounded the area, including Lake Casitas.

Santa Ynez Mountains

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The fire began burning through the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains as it threatened several small communities along the Rincon Coast north of Ventura, expanded into the Los Padres National Forest, and reached Santa Barbara County.