Thomas Fire, California's biggest wildfire, declared officially out

Flames from a wildfire leap above traffic on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)

The largest wildfire in recorded California is officially out nearly six months after it began.

Los Padres National Forest officials declared the Thomas fire extinguished Friday after no hotspots were detected within the perimeter for more than two months.
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The Thomas Fire, which charred 273,400 acres, is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, according to Cal Fire.



The fire broke out Dec. 4, 2017, near Thomas Aquinas College northwest of Los Angeles and burned more than 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers). More than half the fire was in the forest.

More than 1,000 structures were lost in the fire before it was fully contained on Jan. 12. Two lives were lost in the fire, including a state firefighter.

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On Jan. 9, a downpour on fire-denuded mountains unleashed massive debris flows that ravage hundreds of homes in the community of Montecito, killing 21 people and leaving two missing.

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