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Brandon Yadegari

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A Drone's-Eye View, South of Montecito's Highway 192

Areas Under Voluntary Evacuation Warning Were Hardest-Hit

The areas under a voluntary evacuation warning were the hardest hit, as seen from above.

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Satellite Imagery Reveals Overwhelming Extent of Montecito Damage

Before and After Looks at San Ysidro Creek, Knowlwood Tennis Club Neighborhood, and Fernald Point

Before and after looks at San Ysidro Creek, the Knowlwood Tennis Club neighborhood, and Fernald Point.

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A House-by-House Damage Assessment of the Montecito Mudslides

The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts.

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Mapping the Destruction of the Montecito Mudslides, Starting at the Top

Home by Home, We’re Building a Map of the Effect of the Mudslides on Montecito

Home by home, we’re building a map of the effects of the mudslides on Montecito.

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More Rescuers Arrive to Search Montecito

FEMA Asserts Flood and Mud Covered Under Thomas Fire Declaration

FEMA asserts flood and mud covered under Thomas Fire declaration.

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U.S. Coast Guard Airship Rescues Montecito Family of Five

The rescue is just one of hundreds that have occurred or are ongoing.

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'Good News' on the Thomas Fire Lines, All Evacuations Lifted

Gibraltar and Camino Cielo Lines Held Overnight, Suppression Efforts Continue with More Wind Expected

The Gibraltar and Camino Cielo lines held overnight, and suppression efforts continue with more winds expected.

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Órdenes y Advertencias de Evacuación Levantadas por Partes de Santa Bárbara y Montecito

Condiciones en el Incendio Tomás Han Mejorado

Condiciones en el Incendio Tomás han mejorado.

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Watch As Fire Crews Defend Montecito from the Thomas Fire

From San Ysidro to Sycamore Canyon, East Mountain Drive and through Cold Spring Spring, their work saved over a thousand homes.

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Nuevas Evacuaciones Mandatorias y Voluntarias en Santa Bárbara

El Alcalde Helene Schneider Muestra Las Nuevas Areas de Evacuación

El alcalde de Santa Bárbara muestra las nuevas areas de evacuación.

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Thomas Fire Creeps into Montecito Foothills as Crews Establish Camp at Cachuma

Fire Grows by 3,300 Acres Tuesday, Now at 25 Percent Containment

The fire grew by 3,300 acres on Tuesday and is now 25 percent contained.

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Incident Commanders Look West After the Thomas Fire Jumps Toro Canyon

Fire Crews Prepare to Defend Montecito, Plan to Catch Blaze at Gibraltar

Fire crews are preparing to defend Montecito and plan to catch the blaze at Gibraltar.

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Firefighters Brace for Shifting Winds Rest of Week

Fire Grew by 3,700 Acres Monday; 20 Percent Contained

The Thomas Fire grew by 3,700 acres Monday; 20 percent contained.

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Firefighters Focused on Defending Carpinteria from Thomas Fire on Monday

Over 6,000 Fire Personnel Fight On; Voluntary Evacuations Stretch to Highway 154

[UPDATE] Public meeting on current fire conditions will be held at 4 p.m. at San Marcos High School.

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Mandatory Evacuations Issued Through Northern Montecito and Carpinteria Sunday Morning

Evacuation Orders Continue to Move Westward for Area North of Highway 192

Evacuation orders continue to move westward for the area north of Highway 192, east of Buena Vista Road.

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Thomas Fire Enters Santa Barbara County; Los Padres National Forest Closes

Fire Officials Expected Movement, Not Concerned; Schools Canceled on Monday

Fire officials expected this movement, not concerned; schools canceled on Monday.

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Evacuations from Carpinteria to Toro Canyon as Thomas Fire Grows to 115,000 Acres

Evacuation Warnings and Orders Clarified at Thursday Evening Press Conference

Evacuation warnings and orders were clarified at the Thursday evening press conference.

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Evacuations Ordered for Parts of Carpinteria as Thomas Fire Swells to 96,000 Acres

Active Fire Throughout Ojai Valley as Western and Northern Flanks Grow ‘Very Rapidly’

With active fire throughout the Ojai Valley, concern rises that fire could move into Santa Barbara County as the western and northern flanks grow ‘very rapidly.’

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Thomas Fire Creeps Up the Coast, Growing to Over 65,000 Acres

Fierce Santa Ana Winds Push the Blaze Westward Toward Solimar Beach and Mussel Shoals

Fierce Santa Ana winds are pushing the blaze westward, toward Solimar Beach and Mussel Shoals.

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Thomas Fire Claims Over 150 Structures, 45,000 Acres, Triggers Evacuations Across Ventura County

Originating near Santa Paula but burning into Ventura, the fire is zero percent contained.

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‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Honors Local Heroes at Luncheon

Community Leaders and Members Gather at SOhO for Annual ‘Indy’ Event

Community leaders and members gathered at SOhO for the Independent's annual event.

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UCSB Professor Richard Ross Brings ‘Beautiful Trouble’

“I don't think anybody can turn on any media … without feeling that the world is sand at their feet. How do you address that?”

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Asian American Neighborhood Festival Comes to El Presidio

Celebrating "the history and culture of the Asian communities that once thrived in and around the Santa Barbara Presidio"

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Whittier Fire Grows by 3,300 Acres Friday Night

Containment Drops from 52 to 38 Percent

Containment drops from 52 to 38 percent.

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Mandatory Evacuation Now Includes Paradise

Current State of Evacuations for Whittier Fire

The current state of evacuation orders iterated for Whittier Fire.

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Whittier Fire Managers to Give 2 p.m. Presser Amid Changing Conditions

With sundowner winds forecasted and details emerging on a daring rescue, officials give a full press conference.

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Time Lapse Tells All About the Whittier Fire

How a sped-up, frame-by-frame look at the growth of the fire reveals more than meets the eye.