Thomas Fire, once largest in California history, is now 100% contained

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Ryan Thomas hikes down steep terrain rendered barren by the Thomas Fire last month. Authorities announced Friday they had reached 100 percent containment of the fire which is the largest in modern California history

The image on the left shows the region in November 2017, about one month before the deadly Thomas fire broke out in Ventura County and spread north into Santa Barbara County.

The announcement Friday marks a hard-fought triumph over the wildfire, which earlier this month became the largest in modern state history. In an ongoing effort to provide transportation during the closure, Santa Barbara Airbus continues to operate their LAX shuttle service under a modified schedule to offer travelers a way to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The fire burned almost 282,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, died last month while battling the Thomas Fire. Just 13 people remain assigned to the fire.

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Some of Montecito residents on Wednesday returned to their homes to see what they could salvage from the ruins. Josie Gower held onto a door frame when the terrifying river of mud rushed inside her Montecito home.

As of Thursday, and eight more were missing, according to fire officials.

"We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time", officials said.

The Thomas fire began its destructive march 30 miles east of Montecito on December 4.

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It continued to smolder before a drenching Pacific storm hit bare hills and mountains this week, unleashing debris-laden flash floods that swept away homes and killed at least 17 people.

The Santa Barbara Airbus modified schedule consists of five, large 56-passenger coaches with daily departures from the Goleta headquarters located at 750 Technology Drive with free parking available.

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