Toddler Doing Well After Flood Ordeal

With his father in the hospital, who also survived.

Montecito Water District Sued for Mudslides

Downtown business owner sues Edison for Thomas Fire.

Carpinteria Digs Out from Under Its Flood and Mud

Schools reopen as teachers are bused in from Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Why Did So Few in Montecito Evacuate?

Communicating danger before and during disasters is a delicate and difficult business.

Deadly Montecito Debris Flow Was Rare Event, But Could Happen Again

“These areas are very vulnerable in the next two years," says UCSB geologist.

A House-by-House Damage Assessment of the Montecito Mudslides

The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts.

Montecito Mudslide Evacuation Orders, Emergency Alerts Explained

Sheriff Brown, EOC Director Lewin give insight into Santa Barbara County's disaster operations.

After the Mudslides, What Does the Next Rain Hold for Montecito?

Thomas Fire was just part one of the rain season.

Scrutiny Grows Over Mandatory vs. Voluntary Evacuation Orders

Mudslides breached the Highway 192 line and raced all the way through voluntary zones.

Emergency Doctor Urges Patience after Montecito Disaster

Cottage medical director Dr. Brett Wilson warns impacts will be significant and long-lasting.

‘The Shape of Water’ Has Soft, Sparkling Edges and Grand Exuberance

Actor Sally Hawkins is a big draw, her physically expressive performance well ...

Gearing Up for Getting Out

A well-stocked, personal go-bag makes for a proper evacuation.

Turning Persimmons into Hot Sauce

P.O.P. sauce combines seasonal fruits with spicy peppers.

Westmont’s Men’s Basketball Coach Hits 500th Win

John Moore achieves milestone 24 years after becoming head coach.

Highway 101 Won't Open for 'At Least Another Week'

Amtrak added space for an additional 2,000 passengers.

The Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire has burned for more than three weeks, but it got really scary just before dawn on Saturday, December 16, as it raged down the hillsides toward Montecito, pushed by 65-mile-per-hour winds.

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