News Briefs

Containment Drops As Thomas Fire's Growth Accelerates to 230,000 Acres

Voluntary evacuations stretch as far west as Highway 154 as of Sunday evening. Read story.

Sunday, December 10, 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

Evacuations Ordered for Parts of Montecito as Thomas Fire Rages West

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m.: Evac order extends into Montecito; warning extends to parts of Mission Canyon and the Riviera. Read story.

Originally published 8:16 a.m., December 10, 2017
Updated 1:35 p.m., December 10, 2017

Mandatory Evacuations Issued Through Northern Montecito and Carpinteria Sunday Morning

Evacuation orders continue to move westward for the area north of Highway 192, east of Buena Vista Road. Read story.

Originally published 8:16 p.m., December 9, 2017
Updated 6:31 a.m., December 10, 2017

Thomas Fire Enters Santa Barbara County; Los Padres National Forest Closes

Fire officials expected this movement, not concerned; schools canceled on Monday. Read story.

Originally published 3:26 p.m., December 9, 2017
Updated 4:07 p.m., December 9, 2017

Governor Brown Swoops into Ventura for Thomas Fire Visit

Climate change was on his mind Saturday afternoon. Read story.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Santa Barbara County Darkens

More than 3,500 fire personnel have been deployed to the Thomas Fire. Read story.

Originally published 2:20 p.m., December 8, 2017
Updated 3:15 p.m., December 8, 2017

Thousands of Ventura Residents Still Out of Power

More than 3,000 customers are still out of power because of the Thomas Fire. Read story.

Friday, December 8, 2017

‘Unhealthy’ Air-Quality Warnings Remain in Effect

Santa Barbara’s Air Pollution Control District announced the air quality in the City of Santa Barbara remains “unhealthy.” Read story.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Donations for Those Impacted by the Thomas Fire

Several sites accept and distribute food, clothes, and other goods; FEMA funding approved. Read story.

Originally published 10:57 a.m., December 8, 2017
Updated 1:26 p.m., December 8, 2017

Friday Morning Update: Thomas Fire Grows to 132,000 Acres

The fire has grown to 132,000 acres. It is 10 percent contained. Read story.

Originally published 9:30 a.m., December 8, 2017
Updated 10:00 a.m., December 8, 2017

Evacuations from Carpinteria to Toro Canyon as Thomas Fire Grows to 115,000 Acres

Evacuation warnings and orders were clarified at the Thursday evening press conference. Read story.

Originally published 7:45 p.m., December 7, 2017
Updated 9:06 p.m., December 7, 2017

Multiple Brush Fires in Buellton "Put to Bed" on Friday

Santa Barbara County and Los Padres firefighters have full containment of the brush fires. Read story.

Originally published 12:49 p.m., December 7, 2017
Updated 12:53 p.m., December 8, 2017

One of Two Psych Patients Who Escaped During Thomas Fire Back at Cottage

Marina McKenzie’s 23-year-old son reportedly jumped out of a transport van while the driver was distracted taking pictures. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thomas Fire Creating ‘Hazardous’ Air-Quality Conditions in Santa Barbara

The county’s Reserve Medical Corps is now distributing free face masks. Read story.

Originally published 10:14 a.m., December 7, 2017
Updated 11:50 a.m., December 7, 2017
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