Thomas Fire marches along Camino Cielo burning 236,000 acres as of Tuesday evening

The Thomas Fire is continuing to march west and being the most active along Camino Cielo in the mountains above Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria as fire officials updated the acreage burned to 236,000 and 25 percent containment as of Tuesday evening. “We have a fire plan in place using old containment lines from previous fires and constructing new ones […]

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Nominations due for Carpinteria chamber’s annual awards

By Joyce Donaldson The Carpinteria Valley Chamber will honor extraordinary community members at its 60th annual Community Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 15, to submit nominations for Carpinterian of the Year, Large Business of the Year, and Small Business of the year. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 29, to submit nominations for merit award […]

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Goleta, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Cancel Parades, Holiday Events Due to Thomas Fire

By Giana Magnoli Holiday parades in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria have been canceled because of the Thomas Fire burning toward Santa Barbara County and bad air quality conditions impacting the entire region. Some Carpinteria Valley areas are within mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones for the fire, which burned 132,000 acres as of Friday morning, and the city announced it […]

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Thomas Fire grows to 132,000 acres, no end in sight with only 10% containment

Staff Report Overnight the Thomas Fire grew to 132,000 acres, expanded into Santa Barbara County prompting mandatory evacuations in rural places of Carpinteria. The fire has also now been blamed for one fatality from a vehicle accident on Monday night, according to fire officials. Fire officials are predicting this fire will continue until at least Christmas. Going into Friday morning […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up A Life Ceremony in Carpinteria Rescheduled Due to Thomas Fire

Hospice of Santa Barbara looks forward to joining the community to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones at its annual Light Up A Life ceremony in Carpinteria. However due to the effects of the Thomas Fire, the Carpinteria Light Up A Life event planned for December 9, has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, at the Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Avenue. Additionally, […]

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List of school closures for Friday, Dec. 8 due to Thomas Fire

Santa Barbara County public school closures Staff Report The following Santa Barbara County public school districts have announced closures for Friday, Dec. 8: College School District Santa Ynez Charter School Carpinteria Unified School District Cold Spring School District Goleta Union School District Hope Elementary School District Montecito Union School District Santa Barbara Unified School District Vista Del Mar Union Santa Barbara City College […]

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Winds Could Push Thomas Fire into Santa Barbara County

By Giana Magnolia The Thomas Fire could burn into Santa Barbara County when winds pick up again, and the evacuation zones expanded Wednesday morning to include Rincon Point, east of Carpinteria. The blaze had blackened 65,000 acres as of Wednesday and made a run to the ocean, crossing Highway 101 near the Solimar Beach area. Calfire reported 0 percent containment, 12,000 structures […]

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New Carpinteria storefront celebrates homesteading activities, made accessible for modern life

Honing in on Heritage By Leah Etling If raising backyard chickens, baking sourdough bread or foraging for wild herbs sound like things that would have been part of daily life 100 years ago, a new Carpinteria business wants you to think again. Women’s Heritage, which offers classes and hands-on activities celebrating days gone by, opened a storefront called Heritage Goods […]

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