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Evacuations Ordered for Parts of Montecito as Thomas Fire Rages West

Strong Overnight Winds Pushed the Blaze Further West; Carpinteria Buildings Threatened and Burned

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m.: Evac order extends into Montecito; warning extends to parts of Mission Canyon and the Riviera.

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Donations for Those Impacted by the Thomas Fire

Several sites accept and distribute food, clothes, and other goods; FEMA funding approved.

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Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Goleta, and Cold Spring Schools All Closed

Thomas Fire threatens Carpinteria and shrouds South Coast in smoke.

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Parades and Pie

Terry and Matt bring the joy.

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A Woman for All Seasons

Gwendolyn Wu is not letting anything stop her pursuit for her future.

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‘Station Eleven’ Essay Winners

‘Indy’ and the Public Library Hold Contest for Santa Barbara Reads

‘Indy’ and the public library hold a writing contest for Santa Barbara Reads.

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Santa Barbara's Local Heroes of 2017

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' Presents Its Annual Ode to Amazing People

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its annual ode to some of the amazing people who make up our community.

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Awesome Oils

The O.G., Laszlo Hodosy.

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Newsmakers | Election Results and the Search for a New Bank

Jerry Roberts, plus Guests Laura Capps, Dale Francisco, Josh Molina, and Kelsey Brugger, Takes on the Week’s News

Jerry Roberts, plus guests Laura Capps, Dale Francisco, Josh Molina, and Kelsey Brugger, takes on the week’s news.

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Thefts of Opportunity Alleged

Students at Santa Barbara Dance Arts targeted.

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