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We open up the phones to hear from those most impacted by the Thomas fire




Smoke fills the sky over the ocean beyond homes threatened by the Thomas Fire on December 16, 2017 in Montecito, California.
Smoke fills the sky over the ocean beyond homes threatened by the Thomas Fire on December 16, 2017 in Montecito, California.
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The Thomas fire, which first began raging on Dec. 4, is 92% contained as of earlier this week. The fire has burned over 273,000 acres, becoming the biggest wildfire in modern California’s history.

Over 2,800 firefighters have worked on putting out the flames, and one of them — Cory Iverson — was killed from burns and smoke inhalation while battling the fire.

Over a thousand homes and buildings have been destroyed. As survivors of the Thomas fire are just beginning to sift through their losses and starting to put their lives back together, AirTalk opens up the phones for them to talk about their concerns, struggles, and hopes.

If you or your loved ones have been affected by the Thomas Fire, we welcome you to call 866-893-5722 to share your stories. 

Guests:

Sharon McNary, reporter at KPCC who’s been covering the Thomas fire and its aftermath; her latest piece looks at potential scams aimed at victims of the Thomas fire

Neal Andrews, Mayor of the City of Ventura

Greg Gillis-Smith, administrator of Thomas Fire Info, a Facebook group for those impacted by the Thomas fire; he is also captain of the Sequoia Crest Volunteer Fire Brigade; he is a resident of Moorpark