On December 4, 2017 a fire started north of Santa Paula California and quickly reached the city of Ventura. More than 8,000 firefighters battled the fire taking 40 days to contain the blaze. By the time it was contained 1 civilian and 1 firefighter had been killed. The Thomas Fire burned more than 281,000 acres and destroyed over 1,060 structures. Lawsuits are now underway to compensate victims of the Thomas Fire for wrongful death, personal injuries, property loss, business loss, and other legal damages.