SANTA BARBARA, California. – The forest fire that scarred a large area of Southern California this month is producing very little active flame.
Officials say that the fire was 88 percent contained Tuesday, and is not to be expected that further progress.
The fire scorched more than 440 square kilometres of Ventura and Santa Barbara county, destroyed more than 1,000 structures and damaged 280 others after break Dec. 4.
Less than 900 employees remain on the fire, which ever was fought by an army of more than 8,000 firefighters, California and is the largest on record.
Flare-ups can occur, and approximately 30 wilderness oil seeps ignited by fire continue to burn, but the authorities say that there is little smoke, and air quality reports indicate healthy conditions for outdoor activities.