NASA Images Show Montecito Before and After Two Disasters

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

NASA Images Show Montecito Before and After Two Disasters

The Thomas Fire ignited on December 4 and has burned about 281,900 acres since then, sending wide swaths of Southern California up in flames.

Highway 101 from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria will not reopen Monday as anticipated, and no new estimated date for the reopening has been set, Caltrans officials said.

At one point, more than 2,800 firefighters were working to contain the fire. The Thomas Fire left hillsides and landscape vulnerable in the region, with Montecito receiving the brunt of the downpour and destruction, resulting in at least 13 deaths, 25 injured and 50 rescues by air and dozens by ground due to mudslides and flooding.

Two people, a firefighter and a civilian, died in the fire.

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

"Los Padres National Forest would like to thank all the first responders and cooperators that responded to this incident over the last month and giving up the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families and the sacrifices they made", the Forest Service said in a statement Friday.

The Thomas Fire is the largest wildfire in California's history.

The mandatory evacuation zone in Montecito has expanded three days after a devastating mud slide that killed at least 17 people. The mountains above the coastal enclave appear darker, stripped of vegetation that would normally absorb help soil absorb rain.

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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