The largest wildfire that Southern California has seen since 1932 has finally been declared extinguished, more than six months after it broke out, CNN reports.
The news comes from the U.S. Forest Service, which made the announcement on June 1. According to the sources, Los Padres National Forest officials have formally stated on Friday that the Thomas Fire is "declared out."
"There have not been any hot spots detected within the fire perimeter for more than two months," notes the news release.
"Work continues however, as crews and equipment repair roads, trails and fences damaged by the fire and by suppression actions," the U.S. Forest Service conveyed in the notice.
The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017, at approximately 6:35 a.m. and ended up setting ablaze 281,893 acres — a size of land larger than Dallas and Miami combined. Sixty-four percent of the affected area, namely 181,333 acres, is located within Los Padres National Forest.
The wildfire officially became the largest and most destructive in Southern California in nearly nine decades on December 23. The massive blaze was fully contained on January 12, but not before it had destroyed more than 1,000 structures throughout the state.
The inferno claimed the lives of two people, including 32-year-old Cory Iverson, an engineer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Iverson lost his life on December 14, while struggling to put out the flames. The Cal Fire engineer was married, had a toddler and a new baby on the way.