After Wet Winter Storm, Thomas Fire Declared 100% Contained

The Thomas Fire as Seen From Around Southern California

Fire officials in California say the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in California's history, is now 100 percent contained.

Closures have been ordered for areas of Los Padres National Forest affected by the blaze.

- Both directions of U.S. 101 remain closed from the junction of State Route 126 in Ventura County to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara County due to mudslides, so motorists are advised to use the I-5 as an alternate route.

The Thomas Fire was unusual.

Early Tuesday, heavy rains across the region met scorched earth in the Thomas Fire region and triggered devastating mudslides that killed at least 18 people as water failed to absorb into the freshly burnt ground.

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California's five-year average for wildfires during that time frame is 4,787 and 202,737 acres burned. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The fire destroyed more than 1,060 structures.

"The only words I can really think of to describe what it looked [like] was it looked like a World War I battlefield", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Her home in Carpinteria is safe but like so many others getting to Santa Barbara has been impossible.

Water, mud and debris continue to move, hampering Caltrans progress in clearing USA 101.

Federal and state authorities are now examining the burn area to assess the risks for flooding and other post-fire hazards.

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