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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Thomas Fire burns 115,000 acres and has destroyed more than 400 structures as of Thursday evening

The Thomas Fire is spreading as it closes in on four nights of flames for residents in Ventura County and now threatening Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County. At a press conference Thursday evening at Ventura County Fairgrounds, the acreage has increased to 115,000 and has destroyed 427 structures within Ventura, damaged an additional 85 structures; and destroyed another 12 structures […]

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Thomas Fire threatens La Conchita overnight, grows to 96,000 acres

Firefighters and residents worked overtime last night to save the residential community of La Conchita, as the flames came dangerously close to structures. The Thomas Fire has now consumed more than 96,000 acres and is at five percent containment, according to fire officials. One abandoned structure has burned. Highway 101 has been reopened after a brief shut down Thursday morning. […]

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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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Supervisors to cut funding for PATH homeless shelter

By April Charlton Noozhawk Santa Barbara County will decrease the amount of funding it provides to the PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) organization for operation of an emergency shelter in Santa Barbara after it was revealed Nov. 7 that the nonprofit has changed its operating model. “It’s disheartening to see a change when we weren’t notified,” said 2nd District Supervisor […]

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United Way of Santa Barbara County to Host 21st Annual Red Feather Ball

Contributed by United Way Dance the night away at United Way of Santa Barbara County’s (UWSBC) 21st Annual Red Feather Ball on Oct. 6 to honor community philanthropist Maryan Schall and benefit the nonprofit’s award-winning Fun in the Sun summer learning program and United for Literacy initiative. The “Twilight on the Pacific” themed event will be held 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Coral Casino and bring together committed philanthropists and admired […]

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Santa Barbara Real Estate agents host 15th anniversary honoring The Teacher’s Fund

Contributed by Jennifer Goddard Village Properties Co-owner Renee Grubb and real estate agent Leanne Wood are hosting a celebration on Thursday Oct. 12 to honor the 15th anniversary of The Teacher’s Fund, a non-profit organization that raises funds for Santa Barbara-area teachers in support of enrichment education. The anniversary celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, at Village Properties, downtown […]

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