Thomas Fire, once largest in California history, is now 100% contained - CNN

Thomas Fire, once largest in California history, is now 100% contained - CNN
Thomas Fire, once largest in California history, is now 100% contained - CNN

I am a little confused.

Is it no longer the largest wildfire in CA history?

I did a double-take too, expecting the end of that to say "has been surpassed by..." I think they just mean, "once the largest active fire".

Alrighty, time to start the weekend on a positive news story. See you guys Monday.

Well, when that radiation fucks all our DNA up, we’ll all be on equal ground with the Alabamians


Nukes hit every state except alabama.

TIL you can contain a fire by smothering it with mud

It is, it's just no longer active. The heavy rains helped finally put an end to it (while also causing a series of landslides that killed several people).

They are named by where they started. It is referred to as the Thomas Fire because it started near Thomas Aquinas College. The fact that it started near somewhere that has a common person's name is just a coincidence. Another recent example is the Skirball fire which started near the Skirball Cultural Center. Also note that unlike storms, they are typically called "the blank fire" instead of "blank fire" or "fire blank"

in my area there was a fire that quickly became the largest fire, and then the lake county fires happened before we were anywhere close to containment and that one rapidly beat our record. we had it for like a day or something like that.

Fuel, Oxygen, Heat

Fire requires all three, remove any one and fire is not possible.

Yes. If you can't reach the ignition temperature for the material and atmosphere mix it happens to be in, there will be no fire.

Some things have very low ignition temperature, and can spontaneously combust in normal atmosphere, others may spontaneously combust for example in pure oxygen atmosphere, but will not spontaneously combust in normal atmosphere.

Most illustrating example of this is boiling water in a paper cup over open fire.

PS: It also works when the fire is already going. Which is why pouring water on fire works in many cases - you remove heat - it's being absorbed by water - faster than the exothermic reaction that results in fire can actually produce and it causes the reaction to collapse and stop.

Allegedly caused by SoCal Edison and their poor infrastructure, funnily enough my power went out right before the fire started...

bit unless you live within 10 miles of one, you can easily forget they exist.

I mean the giant smoke plumes in the sky and hazy air (falling ash if the fire is big enough!) are pretty good reminders they exist. Though once the L.A. fires moved out of the hills and toward Oxnard there weren't any more signs of a fire.

The past summer BC also saw its largest fire ever recorded, doubling its previous record of 500,000 acres to almost 1.2 million acres, ten times the size of this one! Mind blowing to think about. Weather and natural disasters just keep getting worse and worse lately.

It means that they've completed the construction of control lines around the perimeter and they don't reasonably expect the fire to breach said lines.

As a CA resident who lives in Santa Barbara I can tell you that the mudslides and fires were not largely inflated. We still have absolutely no idea when highway 101 will be open.

Wait, fires have names?

We just can't win. Fires, rain-induced mudslides (and car wrecks), earthquakes, smog - the elements are out to get us.

You must have been so proud that day though.

This is a huge allegedly and in fact the first time I've ever seen anyone alleged any cause for the fire.

The rainfall that put out the fires also caused a mudslide that killed several people.

I think it only killed one firefighter?

Uhm, no. The mudslides were caused by the fire and killed 16+ people.

The fire burned all the vegetation that would be sucking up the water so the rain caused a mudslide.

Is there a bigger one now?