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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

Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Goleta, and Cold Spring Schools All Closed

Thomas Fire threatens Carpinteria and shrouds South Coast in smoke. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Westside Kids Get Mayoral Love

Mayor Helene Schneider is approaching the end of her term. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Evacuations Ordered for Parts of Carpinteria as Thomas Fire Swells to 96,000 Acres

With active fire throughout the Ojai Valley, concern rises that fire could move into Santa Barbara County as the western and northern flanks grow ‘very rapidly.’ Read story.

Originally published 10:45 p.m., December 6, 2017
Updated 2:25 p.m., December 7, 2017

Organizers Announce Rally for Net Neutrality Thursday Noon

Women's March Santa Barbara takes to the sidewalk at Verizon store on State. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

UCSB Opens Shelter for Thomas Fire Evacuees

So far, 18 people have arrived from Ventura. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Isla Vistans Asked Not to Burn Couches, Set Off Fireworks During Thomas Fire

Things got rowdy Monday night during the blackout. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Epic Brewing Buys Santa Barbara's Telegraph Brewing Company

The Utah-based company plans to expand the Santa Barbara brewery’s staff and beer offerings. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thomas Fire Claims Over 150 Structures, 45,000 Acres, Triggers Evacuations Across Ventura County

Originating near Santa Paula but burning into Ventura, the fire is zero percent contained. Read story.

Originally published 8:17 a.m., December 5, 2017
Updated 9:29 a.m., December 5, 2017

Elderly Woman Killed in Accident on Cliff Drive

Car collides with city bus after ricocheting from one side of road to the other. Read story.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Body of Missing Santa Barbara Teen Found in Yosemite

Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, 18, was last seen November 22. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chumash Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate

Bill would allow the tribe to immediately annex the 1,400-acre property known as Camp 4. Read story.

Originally published 2:58 p.m., November 30, 2017
Updated 3:44 p.m., November 30, 2017
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