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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.
El Bosque Road in Montecito is a narrow lane winding past old homes hidden behind thick foliage and shaded by oaks. Follow its curves and you’ll arrive at an old estate that’s changed very little since a community of religious sisters began living there 65 years ago.
Unless you’re a monk who gets from place to place only on foot, your life is dependent on wheels. Whether you prefer driving your gas guzzler in the fast lane, cruising the bike lanes on your 10-speed, or taking the bus from home to office, you’re hooked on the all-important wheel.