Fire, mudflows, evacuations and deaths: Maps show how Montecito has been hit

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

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.

After more than a month of destruction, the largest fire in California's modern history is now 100% contained, according to the US Forest Service.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.

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. The fire burned almost 282,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures. Heavy rain in the early hours of Tuesday morning triggered flooding and mudflows in areas burned by wildfires past year.

With some homes still buried up to their roofs, and the remains of large trees and giant boulders throughout the 30 square miles of Montecito affected by the mud slide, it could be weeks before people are allowed back into the area.

However, Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said that number could still fluctuate.

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

On Friday, officials warned about the potential for additional mudslides, noting that the risk of flooding is high until vegetation returns ― which could take five years.

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