Our Fire Crew

Paul Wellman

Our Fire Crew

Our Fire Crew

More than one dozen Independent staffers, contributors, and volunteers chipped in to bring the Santa Barbara community the most comprehensive and frequently updated reporting on the Jesusita Fire. Readers responded with countless letters of praise and thanks, and other media across the country took note, from the New Yorker to the popular blog, which wrote, “It’s been an incredible tour-de-force of vital information in service of a community in need. I’m guessing their staff didn’t get the memo that high-end journalism is dying just because metro dailies are going broke.” Here’s a shot of most of them, donning the gearincluding the graciously donated Dus-T shirtsthey used to report from the frontlines.

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