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 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. In addition to causing massive destruction, the fire also contributed to earlier this week.

Two deaths were attributed to the wildfire - 70-year-old Virginia Pesola of Santa Paula who crashed her auto trying to escape and 32-year old San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson who was killed battling the fire. The fire became in California at almost 282,000 acres. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo.

Officials conducted flights over the burn area Thursday using infrared detectors to look for any remaining hot spots before declaring the fire fully contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which is now overseeing the incident. Heavy rain in the early hours of Tuesday morning triggered flooding and mudflows in areas burned by wildfires a year ago. The town just 6 miles down the road from Santa Barbara toward Los Angeles, is the residence of numerous wealthy people including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen de Generes.

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The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities, including Montecito.

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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