Kaiden Vague was a sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School.
County Emergency Managers Start to Explain Their Much-Dissected Decision
County emergency managers start to explain their much-dissected decision.
Santa Barbara City Council Continues Early Tradition of Deep Dysfunction
The Santa Barbara City Council continues its early tradition of deep dysfunction.
Nicholas Hart was allegedly speeding on a suspended license after two prior DUIs.
Carreño Was Shot 20 Times by Five Deputies
Carreño was shot 20 times by five deputies.
The Cumulative Effects of Drought, Fire, and Flood Reflect the Planet’s New Extreme Weather Regime
The cumulative effects of drought, fire, and flood reflect the planet’s new extreme weather regime.
Evacuation Map and Written Notice Outlined Different Neighborhoods
The evacuation map and written notice outlined different neighborhoods.
17 of 21 Victims Lived in Areas Only Under Warning
Seventeen of the 21 victims lived in areas only under warning.
“We will rebuild, and we will be renewed,” said director Steve Jacobsen.
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.
Communicating Danger Before, During Disasters Is a Delicate, Difficult Business
Communicating danger before and during disasters is a delicate and difficult business.
A new map reveals the bulk of the damage and fatalities occurred along Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks.
The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts.
Five days after the Montecito mudslides, the search for survivors continues.
Mudslides Breached Highway 192 Line and Raced Through Voluntary Zones
Mudslides breached the Highway 192 line and raced all the way through voluntary zones.
First Emergency Cell Phone Alert Was Issued Tuesday Morning After Deadly Flooding Began
The county didn't issue its first cell phone alert Tuesday morning until after the deadly flooding began.
Eight more people remain missing.
Entire Buildings Leveled When Ruptured Gas Line Exploded
Entire buildings were leveled when a ruptured gas line exploded.
17 People Killed and 100 Homes Destroyed in Post-Thomas Fire Disaster
Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster.
Facebook, Twitter Posts Plead for Information
Facebook and Twitter posts plead for information.
Geologists Find Sea Cow Fossil on Santa Rosa
Geologists find sea cow fossil on Santa Rosa.
Two Dozen More Still Missing; Hundreds Trapped in Romero Canyon
Two dozen more are still missing; hundreds remain trapped in Romero Canyon.
[UPDATE] Santa Barbara hotels offer special rates to flood victims and evacuees.
Bodies Recovered from Butterfly Beach, Olive Mill Road, Channel Drive Off-Ramp
Bodies have been recovered from Butterfly Beach, Olive Mill Road, and the Channel Drive off-ramp.
District 3 Activists Want a Special Election, Not an Appointment
District 3 activists want a special election, not an appointment.
He Allegedly Ran a Real Estate Scam that Cheated 100,000 People Out of $27 Million
He allegedly ran a real estate scam that cheated 100,000 people out of $27 million.
UPDATE: Stand-Off Ends With Cottage Found Empty
UPDATE: The stand-off ended when the cottage was found to be empty.
Senior Editor Tyler Hayden Picks a Few of His Favorite Articles from the Past Year
Senior Editor Tyler Hayden picks a few of his favorite articles from the past year.
Silence and Secrecy Continue to Cloak Clark Estate
Silence and secrecy continue to cloak the fate of the Clark Estate.
A Visual Tour of Devastation, Near Disaster, and Firefighting at Its Finest
A visual tour of the devastation, near disaster, and firefighting at its finest.
Here's How Wildland Hand Crews Work, Talk, Eat, and Save the Day
Here's how wildland hand crews work, talk, eat, and save the day.
Why the Federal Government Shot Down Plans to Bring Russian Supertankers to Town
Why the federal government shot down plans to bring Russian supertankers to town
Cal Fire’s Saturday night air survey reveals western and southern boundaries.
Fully Loaded Truck Spilled 5,000 Gallons of Gasoline
The fully loaded truck spilled 5,000 gallons of gasoline onto the roadway, disintegrating the concrete.
UPDATE: Drum Fire Kept Below 14 Acres; Crews Released Back to Fight Thomas
UPDATE: Drum Fire kept below 14 acres; crews released back to fight Thomas.
Donations and Support Pouring into New GoFundMe Account
Donations and support are pouring into the new GoFundMe account.
Update: Full Containment Expected Thursday Night
Update: Full containment of the 13.6-acre blaze was expected later Thursday night.
Air conditions in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta will remain “unhealthy” Thursday and Friday.
[UPDATE]: Cal Fire announced Cory Iverson out of the San Diego unit was killed in the Thomas Fire.
Proposed High-Density Housing Development Got Overall Thumbs Up from Planning Commission
The proposed high-density housing development got an overall thumbs up from the Planning Commission.
Appointee Will Finish Out Her District 3 Term When She Assumes Mayorship
The appointee will finish out her District 3 term when she takes the mayor’s seat.
Why Santa Barbara Lost Power During the Thomas Fire
Why did Santa Barbara lose power during the Thomas Fire? Is everything fixed?
Which Sources Should You Use to Follow the Latest Wildfire News?
Which sources should you use to follow the latest wildfire news?
Here’s Why Tracking This Fast Wildfire Is So Difficult
Here’s why tracking this massive and fast wildfire has been so difficult.
Flames seen Monday night to the east of downtown Santa Barbara and the Riviera are being monitored.
Many Laborers Forced to Work Without Face Masks; Westside Immigrant Residents Unaware of Warnings
Many laborers have been forced to work without face masks, and Westside immigrant residents were unaware of warnings.
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.
Evacuation Warnings and Orders Clarified at Thursday Evening Press Conference
Evacuation warnings and orders were clarified at the Thursday evening press conference.
Santa Barbara County and Los Padres Firefighters Have Full Containment
Santa Barbara County and Los Padres firefighters have full containment of the brush fires.
The county’s Reserve Medical Corps is now distributing free face masks.