- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery says its crews have completed debris removal at 672 Ventura County properties destroyed by the Thomas Fire.

CalRecycle says more than 263,000 tons of ash, debris and contaminated soil were removed from properties for which owners chose to participate in the state-funded cleanup program.

The fire erupted Dec. 4 and raged through Ventura County and then into Santa Barbara County, eventually charring more than 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers). In all, 1,063 structures were destroyed and 280 were damaged.

In Ventura County the CalRecycle cleanup lasted from Jan. 19 to June 6.

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