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Thomas Fire Fatality Identified

Virginia Pesola was formerly with Santa Barbara County Counsel and Ventura Court of Appeal. Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Harmful Air Quality Brought by Thomas Fire Could Last ‘Weeks to Months’

It’s a catch-22: Air-cleaning winds would make firefight more difficult. Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Thomas Fire Creeps into Montecito Foothills as Crews Establish Camp at Cachuma

The fire grew by 3,300 acres on Tuesday and is now 25 percent contained. Read story.

Originally published 10:47 a.m., December 13, 2017
Updated 12:10 p.m., December 13, 2017

Incident Commanders Look West After the Thomas Fire Jumps Toro Canyon

Fire crews are preparing to defend Montecito and plan to catch the blaze at Gibraltar. Read story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

County Supervisors Vote Against Paid Leave for Evacuees

The county supervisors vote against 40 hours of paid leave for Thomas Fire evacuees. Read story.

Originally published 6:26 p.m., December 12, 2017
Updated 9:31 p.m., December 12, 2017

Randy Rowse Explains His Objection to Recreational Pot Regulations

With alcohol, cigarettes, and opioids, why double down on cannabis? he asks. Read story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kids Play Free at La Casa de la Raza

The Eastside institution is offering indoor activities and food this week. Read story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Firefighters Brace for Shifting Winds Rest of Week

The Thomas Fire grew by 3,700 acres Monday; 20 percent contained. Read story.

Originally published 8:35 a.m., December 12, 2017
Updated 12:57 p.m., December 12, 2017

Fire Officials: Visible Thomas Fire Flare-Ups Don’t Pose a Threat

Flames seen Monday night to the east of downtown Santa Barbara and the Riviera are being monitored. Read story.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fire Crews Fight by Land and Air to Hold the Thomas Fire at Toro Canyon

Slower growth and greater containment lead to optimism, ‘but don’t count on it.’ Read story.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Los Agaves Feeding Firefighters for Free

Mexican restaurant offering free meals at all four locations. Read story.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Documentary-Maker Bruce Brown Dies

Gaviota resident made ‘The Endless Summer’ and the Oscar-nominated ‘On Any Sunday.’ Read story.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ventura Farmworkers, Spanish Speakers Left Out of Thomas Fire Emergency Response

Many laborers have been forced to work without face masks, and Westside immigrant residents were unaware of warnings. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., December 11, 2017
Updated 1:21 p.m., December 12, 2017

Firefighters Focused on Defending Carpinteria from Thomas Fire on Monday

[UPDATE] Public meeting on current fire conditions will be held at 4 p.m. at San Marcos High School. Read story.

Originally published 7:05 p.m., December 10, 2017
Updated 3:40 p.m., December 11, 2017

Santa Barbara Rallies for Net Neutrality

Undaunted by a smoky State Street, a couple dozen people picketed Verizon. Read story.

Sunday, December 10, 2017
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