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The Thomas Fire: Its Impact and the Slow Road to Recovery

It has been called the largest wildfire in modern California history. It has raged nearly a month now in the southern part of the state and has damaged more than 281,893 acres (440 sq mi; 1,141 km2). It is what many are calling the St. Thomas Fire. This almost unimpeded disaster has destroyed homes, caused thousands to evacuate and has cost more than 170 million dollars thus far to combat.

The Fire’s Beginnings and a Possible Cause

The fire started in Santa Paula in early December of this year and quickly reached Ventura. It has since moved through rural communities, rugged mountains and all kinds of terrain. Giving more power to this raging fire has been the Santa Ana winds which have carried it further along into Santa Barbara County. To date the cause of the St. Thomas Fire is unknown. The fire began as two separate fires one in Santa Paula Canyon and the other in Upper Ojai. Some have speculated that power line breaks are to blame but Water and Power officials in Los Angeles have denied this. The investigation is ongoing and is likely to cost the state of California millions of dollars.

The Human Impact

  • In Sycamore Canyon power lines and towers were threatened by the firethomas fire
  • In Monticello luxury homes have been threatened with impending disaster
  • In Santa Barbara residents were separated from their pets and are now being asked pick up their animals from shelters before returning home.
  • In Santa Paula a California fire engineer Cory Iverson has lost his life

 

One of the lessons to be learned from the Thomas Fire is that disasters can occur at any time. Lack of preparation can be almost as damaging as the carelessness that is often the culprit behind such fires. Our company handles fire damage repair that can rock the very foundations of families, businesses and communities. It’s not just about fire damage. A house can be damaged during such disasters by water damage too. We also help mitigate the damage done with nature’s other formidable force. Moreover, we work with insurance companies in an attempt to make people whole again in the aftermath of disasters such as the Thomas Fire.

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