Ventura County Fire Dept. Determines Cause of the Thomas Fire

March 13, 2019 - 1:49 pm

(KNX 1070) -- The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) has determined that the Thomas Fire, was started by power lines coming into contact during high winds. 

The Thomas Fire, which started on December 4, 2017, and burned for 40 days, destroying a total of 281,893 acres,1,063 structures and resulting in the deaths of one firefighter and one civilian. 

The common term for this situation is called “line slap,” and the power line in question is owned by Southern California Edison. 

The Thomas Fire burned for nearly 40 days, declared 100 percent controlled on January 12, 2018. The fire threatened Santa Paula, Ventura, Ojai and Fillmore, as well as many unincorporated communities, before moving into Santa Barbara County.

Nearly 9,000 emergency personnel worked om the fire, with firefighters and emergency responders arriving from across the western U.S. to lend a hand. 

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