Tea Fire Updates

The Brief but Violent Life of the Tea Fire

Terror on the Hill

When firefighters at Montecito Fire Protection District Station 2 looked up into the dark hills of Montecito Thursday evening around 5:45 p.m., a red glow already portended a crisis in the making. Read story.

Westmont Says Its Students Cleared of Tea Fire Wrongdoing

Sheriff Still Mum on Which College's Students Did Start the Blaze

The Sheriff is still mum, however, on which college's students did start the blaze. Read story.

All Mandatory Evacs Called Off 6 p.m. Today

Gibraltar Road Between El Cielito and East Camino Cielo to Open

Gibraltar Road between El Cielito and East Camino Cielo to open. Read story.

Montecito Association Offers Aid

Group Planning Tea Fire Community Forum for December

The group is planning a Tea Fire community forum for mid-December. Read story.

Tea Fire Info Center Closes This Evening

Public Can Dial General Information at 211

Public can still dial general information at 211. Read story.

Tea Fire Cause Is Determined

Fire the Result of Carelessness Caused When Bonfire Left Unattended

Investigators determine cause of Tea Fire is the result of a bonfire not put out properly. Read story.

Tea Fire and Sympathy

Help: How to Give It, How to Get It

Help: How to give it, how to get it. Read story.

Tea Fire Contained

Certain Blocked-Off Roads Now Open

Certain blocked-off roads now open. Read story.

Most Evac Orders Cancelled

Two Areas Remain Under Restriction; Boil Water Order Modified

Monday evening, most residents allowed to return to their homes; boil water order changed also. Read story.

Tea Fire Investigators Seek Public's Help

Ask Anyone with Possible Information to Come Forward

As victims sift through the rubble, authorities ask anyone with possible information to come forward. Read story.

Where to Go to Get Your Mail

Post Office Changes Due to the Tea Fire

Tea Fire prompts changes in postal deliveries. Read story.

Monday Mid-Morning Tea Fire Update

Full Containment Expected by Wednesday

Full containment expected by Wednesday. Read story.

Conejo Road Residents Can Tour Neighborhood

Chance to Survey Damage in Still-Evacuated Area

A chance to survey damage in the still-evacuated area. Read story.

Organist Raises Money for Fire Victims

Recital Money Donated to Red Cross Efforts

Proceeds from an organ and harpsichord recital held at All Saints Episcopal Church will benefit those who suffered loss in the Tea Fire. Read story.

Evacuation Orders Lifted in More Areas

Residents may now re-enter the following areas with proper identification. Read story.

Do Not Turn Gas Back On

Warning for Evacuated Residents Returning to Their Homes

Warning for evacuated residents returning to their homes. Read story.

Tea Fire Update: 10:20 This Morning

Firefighters Continue Recovery Efforts

Firefighters continue recovery efforts. Read story.

More Evacuation Orders Relaxed

As Fire Control Increases, Residents May Return

Fire threats reduce under favorable conditions and more evacuees allowed to return home. Read story.

First List Of Homes
Lost in Tea Fire

City and County Combined Partial lists

Properties in the Montecito Fire District and County of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City Limits with significant structural damage or total destruction. Read story.

Burned Homes' Addresses Released

Teams Assessing Homes

UPDATE: List of the addresses of structures burned in the Tea Fire released, call lines open. Read story.

Westmont May Reopen Wednesday

Academics Will Go on Despite Damage

Despite the Tea Fire's destruction of several buildings on the Westmont College campus, classes may restart as early as Wednesday. Read story.

Tea Fire Appears Close to an End

Wind Plays in Firefighters' Favor

Firefighters make major progress in containing the Tea Fire as sundowner winds stay away. Read story.

Some Mandatory Evacuation Orders Lifted

Approximately 1,000 People Able to Return Home

Approximately 1,000 people able to return to their homes. Read story.

Tea Fire 40 Percent Contained

CORRECTED: Evacuation Warnings Cancelled; Evacuation Orders Still in Effect

Evacuation warnings have been cancelled; Mandatory ones still in effect. Read story.

Tea Fire Photo Galleries

Photo Galleries from the Tea Fire Read story.

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Public Resources

    Phone Numbers:
  • Public Information Hotline
    (805) 681-5197
  • Reverse 911 sign-up (If you don't already have a house phone, and want to add your wireless device to be contacted for emergencies)
    (805) 681-4100 or //
  • Forest Service Tip Line
    (805) 961-5710
  • Animal Shelter Hotline
    (805) 681-4332

    Radio Stations:
  • AM Stations: KTMS-990; KZSB-1290; KUHL-1410 and KINF-1440.
  • FM Stations: KCSB-91.9; KSPE-94.5
  • (Spanish); KSYV-96.7; KTYD-99.9; KSBL-101.7; KRAZ-105.9 and KIST-107.7.

  • Santa Barbara County's Channel 20
  • City of Santa Barbara, Channel 18
  • City of Goleta at Channel 19

    Additional Info:
  • In the event of a possible evacuation due to the Tea Fire the Public Health Department wants to identify individuals with special needs who may be unable to evacuate without help and those who need medical equipment that require electricity. please call (805) 968-0462 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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