Thomas Fire

Evacuations lifted for Santa Barbara coast

Mar 13, 2018
Courtesy of UCSB

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the county sheriff's office has lifted the mandatory evacuation orders put in place on Monday afternoon.

Due to a fast approaching storm, Monday afternoon Santa Barbara County emergency officials ordered mandatory evacuations. People in the extreme risk zones near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas must leave by 8 p.m. tonight. 

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE 3/2/18 AT 7:00 A.M. Montecito and other areas of the Santa Barbara coast remain under mandatory evacuation orders this morning, but the bulk of the storm has passed with no major damage. The flash flood warning for Santa Barbara County has expired. The CHP is reporting minor debris flows on SR 192 and Romano Canyon, and a short section of Highway 33 near Ojai is closed due to sliding. 

Anjalie Tandon/KCBX

Santa Barbara County officials sent out a warning Tuesday evening of a coming storm that could bring more debris flows to areas scarred by recent fires.  But late Wednesday afternoon, the county said it doesn't plan to upgrade that evacuation warning to mandatory. Instead county officials issued a flash flood watch. 

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A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist... When faced with profound loss it is natural to want to retreat from the inevitable pain and despair that are sure to follow. But when we attempt to bury and avoid our grief, we also push away our capacity to feel love. Accepting loss doesn't mean forgetting and moving on: it is really an opportunity for transformation and growth. Tune in for a conversation with the reluctant therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about how love and grief can co-exist in our lives.

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Besides having to rebuild their homes and community, survivors of the January 9 Montecito debris flows are now wrangling with their insurance companies. 

SB County

Heavy rainfall triggered destructive mudslides in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, around 2 a.m. on January 9. Officials confirm at least 21 people died after being caught in crushed homes, flash flooding or debris flows. Two weeks after the disaster, Highway 101 is now open in both directions between the junction of SR 150 and Milpas Street in downtown Santa Barbara. 

Thomas Fire at 89 percent containment

Dec 27, 2017

A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning over 440 square miles from Santa Paula to the hills above Santa Barbara, and eastward into the Los Padres National Forest. This week, several hundred firefighters remain on the scene working to extinguish all flames and mop up; containment is now at 89 percent. 


Over one hundred thousand people are now evacuated from the Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. But workers in the area’s agricultural fields stayed on the job, breathing in smoke and ash as they pick strawberry and celery crops.