Tea Fire Updates
Evacuation Order Areas Defined
The Tea Fire burn area has already been evacuated, and authorities have issued an evacuation warning for parts of the Eastside as well. Read story.
City and County Alert Unburned Area of Potential Damage
Areas outside the zone of the Tea Fire are warned of possible flooding; residents are alerted but not ordered to evacuate Read story.
Answers about evacuation orders due to potential floods and mudslides in Tea Fire burn area. Read story.
Residents of Tea Fire Burn Area Advised to Leave Their Homes
Residents of the Tea Fire burn area are being advised to leave their homes. Read story.
Which Homes and What Areas, However, Yet to Be Determined
Which homes and what areas, however, has yet to be determined. Read story.
Insurance Options, Post-Tea Fire
A quick explanation of insurance options in the wake of the Tea Fire. Read story.
Officials Concerned About Rain in Tea Fire Burn Area
With rains coming, city and county officials are asking residents in the Tea Fire burn area and below to prepare for evacuation. Read story.
Residents Advised to Prepare for Potential Emergency
Potential heavy rains on Tuesday, November 25, may cause mudflows and flash floods. Read story.
Free Sessions for the Burnt-Out Through February 1
Free sessions for the burnt-out through February 1. Read story.
Spiritual Relief for Tea Fire Victims
Your Worship looks at spiritually minded relief for Tea Fire victims. Read story.
Those Near Burned Watershed Areas Encouraged to Have Insurance, Sandbags
Those near burned watershed areas encouraged to have insurance, sandbags. Read story.
Some Recommendations for Those Beginning Recovery Work
Some recommendations for those beginning recovery work. Read story.
Valiant Efforts Last Week Rewarded by Performance of Dvorak
Last week's valiant efforts rewarded with performance of the music of Dvorak on Sunday. Read story.
Saturday-Only Event Offers Free Housewares, Clothes, Work Supplies
Roughrider Giveaway offers free housewares, clothes, and work supplies. Read story.
One Tea Fire Homeowner's Experience Is a Lesson for Us All
Green building techniques help save Marlene and David Berry's home from burning during the Tea Fire. Read story.
Board Approves Relief Program, Including Temporary Fee Reductions
The district will waive fees for those who lost their homes until new construction begins. Read story.
Santa Barbara County Bar Association Helps Relief Effort
Santa Barbara County Bar Association helps relief effort. Read story.
Herd Hired to Eat Through Mission Canyon Fire Fodder
Herd hired to eat through Mission Canyon fire fodder. Read story.
Fire Investigators Performing Tests; No Need for Concern
Fire investigators are scheduled to perform tests around 2 p.m. today at the fire's point of origin. Read story.
Andreea Serban Releases Statement Acknowledging Students' Role in Disaster
Andreea Serban released a statement this morning acknowledging the students' role in the disaster. Read story.
Firefighters Make a Valiant Stand on Las Alturas Road
At 5:45 p.m. last Thursday, homeowner Jerry Siegel spotted a fire burning above Westmont College from his house at 638 Las Alturas Road. Read story.
At a now-empty site where a small cottage once stood in Montecito's frontcountry, the only object that remains among the ashy rubble is a set of medieval armor, still fully intact. Read story.
The Phoenix Rises
Fire has always loomed as the great predator in the daily life and legend of Mountain Drive. Last week it looked like fire had finally won. Read story.
Aqueducts, Skateboards, and Flames
Before last week, Santa Barbara's Tea Gardens-a picturesque private park of bizarre aqueduct systems, broken-down statues, Romanesque arches, and stunning ocean views in the foothills above Westmont College-were a highlight of local lore for their quirky history and legendary status in the underground of skateboarding. Read story.
Insurance, Permits, and Contactors
With the Tea Fire contained, the issue of what to do about the homes destroyed in the blaze has taken top priority for many. Read story.