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Anniversary Of Thomas Brush Fire Which Burned 280,000 Acres In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties


December 4th  marks a painful anniversary in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
It was three years ago that the Thomas Wildfire started in Ventura County.  

The 280,000 acre inferno killed two people, destroyed more than a thousand structures and caused an estimated $2.2 billion dollars in damage. 

It also stripped some mountain slopes above Montecito bare, setting the stage for the January 2018 Montecito debris flow which killed 23 people, and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes.

nvestigators later determined that issues with some Southern California Edison power lines during a Santa Ana wind event caused two brushfires which merged into the Thomas Fire. 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.