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Flames could be seen above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in Montecito Tuesday night. (Photo: Mike Eliason/SB Co. Fire) Flames could be seen above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in Montecito Tuesday night. (Photo: Mike Eliason/SB Co. Fire)

Thomas Fire grows to 237,500 acres, remains 25% contained

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The Thomas Fire grew to 237,500 acres overnight, with containment remaining at 25 percent, according to CAL FIRE.

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Winds across part of the Thomas Fire should increase Thursday

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More high pressure and offshore flow for the night and morning hours for the Thomas Fire.  At times the gusts overnight will peak at 20-30 in wind prone areas but the general flow is under 15mph.  The fire also creates hyper-local wind conditions and swirls of air which can complicate local fire scenes. The key relative humidity factors are still very low, at 5-15%.  

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Small vegetation fire knocked down in Paso Robles

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Drivers help knock down small vegetation fire in Paso Robles.

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Cal/OSHA issues safety advisory for workers in wildfire effected areas

Volunteers hand out face masks to field workers in areas affected by smoke from the Thomas Fire. (Photo from CAUSE/Facebook) Volunteers hand out face masks to field workers in areas affected by smoke from the Thomas Fire. (Photo from CAUSE/Facebook)
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The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued an advisory for worker safety in wildfire effected regions.   Cal/OSHA is advising employers to take special precautions to protect workers from wildfire smoke hazards.  The health of workers can be harmed by wildfire smoke, which contains chemicals, gases and fine particles.  These hazards can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions.  Coughing, wheezin...

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Santa Barbara Zoo reopens with limited hours

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After closing for three days due to the Thomas Fire, the Santa Barbara Zoo reopened Wednesday morning.  

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What to do and what not to do when cleaning up ash

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If your home was impacted by the Thomas fire, there are some important health precautions to keep in mind after you return home. 

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Man taken to hospital after crash off Harris Grade Road

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A man was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after crashing his car off the side of Harris Grade Road near Lompoc. 

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Letter campaign kicks off: giving thanks to Thomas Fire first responders

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Letters, cards and art will be sent to first responders working around the clock.

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Paso Robles trucking company collecting donations for those affected by Thomas Fire

Photo courtesy: KSBY (Thomas Fire, December 12, 2017) Photo courtesy: KSBY (Thomas Fire, December 12, 2017)
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A trucking company in Paso Robles is collecting items for those affected by the Thomas Fire.

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Two tall ships extend stay in Morro Bay

The tall ship Lady Washington is docked at Sub Sea Tours in Morro Bay through Dec. 20. (KSBY photo) The tall ship Lady Washington is docked at Sub Sea Tours in Morro Bay through Dec. 20. (KSBY photo)
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The tall ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will stay a little bit longer in Morro Bay.

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Santa Barbara County Food Bank adds new food distribution site for Thomas Fire victims

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The Santa Barbara County Food Bank has added a new location to distribute food to families affected by the Thomas Fire. 

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Second firefighter injured while fighting Thomas Fire in Carpinteria

Video of Tuesday's rescue from the Ventura County Air Unit Video of Tuesday's rescue from the Ventura County Air Unit
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Another firefighter was injured this week while battling the Thomas Fire. 

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Santa Barbara Public Library remains open during Thomas Fire

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As the Thomas Fire continues to burn, the Santa Barbara Public Library remains open.

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CHP: Atascadero man leads officers on pursuit through Paso Robles

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A pursuit through the Paso Robles area Tuesday night led to the arrest of a known felon, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

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New welcome signs to go up along Highway 1 in San Simeon & Cambria

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set to happen on Wednesday afternoon for new Highway 1 welcome signs in both San Simeon and Cambria. 

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Face masks to be distributed again in SB County Wednesday

The Franklin Community Center in Santa Barbara is one of the locations face masks are being distributed in Santa Barbara County. (KSBY photo) The Franklin Community Center in Santa Barbara is one of the locations face masks are being distributed in Santa Barbara County. (KSBY photo)
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More masks will be distributed Wednesday in Santa Barbara County as air quality in some areas of the county due to the Thomas Fire remain at "unhealthy" levels. 

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Santa Maria Fire Department to hand out free N95 masks on Wednesday

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The Santa Maria Fire Department will be passing out N95 masks again on Wednesday at Fire Station 1.

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Thomas Fire still impacting train service but not flights

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Train service along the Central Coast south coasts is still being impacted by the Thomas Fire. 

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Central Coast to see sunny, smoky conditions Wednesday

Flames from the Thomas Fire could be seen from Summerland Wednesday morning. (KSBY photo) Flames from the Thomas Fire could be seen from Summerland Wednesday morning. (KSBY photo)
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While conditions are slowly improving, there remains high fire danger due to the weather.  

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Driver crashes into ditch near Santa Maria

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The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reports extrication was required for at least one person after a vehicle crashed into a ditch in the Santa Maria area Wednesday morning. 

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1,500 animals being cared for during Thomas Fire

Officials say the Santa Barbara Humane Society is taking care approximately 540 birds affected by the Thomas Fire. (Photo: County of SB) Officials say the Santa Barbara Humane Society is taking care approximately 540 birds affected by the Thomas Fire. (Photo: County of SB)
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The County of Santa Barbara says more than 1,500 animals are being cared as the Thomas Fire now covers 27 miles of land.  

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Thomas Fire smoke carries valley fever risk

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As the Thomas Fire continues to grow in size, it brings the possibility of more Valley Fever cases. 

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More dry weather ahead this week with warm afternoons

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A large ridge of high pressure continues to dominate the Western U.S. This will produce more of the same weather with cool to cold overnight lows with high temps in the mid-70s in the interior valleys and mid-80s in the coastal valleys. The beaches will stay in the low to mid-70s. Overnight lows will drop to the mid-20s in the inland valleys and mid-30s in the coastal valleys.   Locally gusty offshore winds combined with dry conditions will keep fire weather conditions to be p...

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UPDATE: House fire in Shandon displaces 2

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CAL FIRE crews responded to a house fire in Shandon Tuesday afternoon.

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New firefighter camp set up at Lake Cachuma

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We're getting a look inside a second satellite camp set up to help firefighters working on the Santa Barbara County end of the Thomas Fire.

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Thomas Fire prompts closure of Santa Barbara Zoo for third day

The Santa Barbara Zoo says its staff has designed an "inventive contraption" for the meercats to keep them busy indoors. (SB Zoo) The Santa Barbara Zoo says its staff has designed an "inventive contraption" for the meercats to keep them busy indoors. (SB Zoo)
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The Santa Barbara Zoo is closed to the public once again as smoke and ash from the nearby Thomas Fire continue affecting the area.

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Firefighters give inside look to life inside base camp

Thousands of firefighters are working away from their homes as the holidays approach. (KSBY photo) Thousands of firefighters are working away from their homes as the holidays approach. (KSBY photo)
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Thousands of firefighters are working 24-hour shifts on the Thomas Fire trying to protect people and property. At base camp at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, after fighting flames for a full 24 hours, firefighters then spend the next 24 hours sleeping, showering and getting their calorie count up before planning the next angle of attack. Firefighters are served at least 5,000 calories per meal at base camp. Firefighters are making the best of their temporary living arrangements in ... More>>

Evacuees patiently wait to hear status of homes while living at shelters

Evacuees patiently wait to hear the status of their homes. (KSBY photo) Evacuees patiently wait to hear the status of their homes. (KSBY photo)
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While evacuees wait to hear more on the status of their homes from firefighters, they remain calm yet concerned at nearby shelters. Many residents who evacuated from the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County are temporarily calling a shelter a UC Santa Barbara home for the next few days. "I made it just like my own apartment, my own little section," said Jordan Myers. He, his girlfriend and their dog Zippy have been living in the shelter for four days as of Tuesday. "Whe...

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Structure protection still main priority on Day 8 of Thomas Fire

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Day eight of the Thomas Fires and the main areas of concern for firefighters continued to be structure protection. Dozens of trucks, engines and crew members were staged off Park Lane in Montecito Tuesday, preparing to head into Romero Canyon to protect homes. "The goal is to keep the fire out of Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland and Santa Barbara," Steve Concialdi, a public information officer on the fire, said. One of the main challen...

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Man arrested on suspicion of shooting fire chief near Fort Hunter Liggett

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Santa Cruz 'Miracle Boy' is an attempted murder suspect after shooting a U.S. Forest Service division fire chief who was driving a marked vehicle on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road in south Monterey County.

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Van crash and house fire close San Luis Obispo intersection

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A van crash and subsequent house fire shut down Santa Barbara Avenue in San Luis Obispo early Tuesday morning.

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McKenna, Meyer Among Baseball America's Top 100 College Prospects

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Cal Poly outfielder Alex McKenna and catcher Nick Meyer, both juniors next spring, are included in Baseball America's Top 100 college prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. McKenna (pictured at right) is listed No. 47 while Meyer (pictured below left) landed at No. 89. The Top 100 was compiled by Teddy Cahill and Carlos Collazo in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs. In September, McKenna was listed No. 11 among eligible outfie... More>>

10,000 masks distributed to farm workers and low-income neighborhoods

Volunteers hand out face masks to field workers in areas affected by smoke from the Thomas Fire. (Photo from CAUSE/Facebook) Volunteers hand out face masks to field workers in areas affected by smoke from the Thomas Fire. (Photo from CAUSE/Facebook)
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Over the last week, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) in Santa Maria says they have passed out 10,000 N95 masks to farm workers and in low-income neighborhoods.

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San Luis Obispo dealership gifts car to mother in need

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Christmas came early for one San Luis Obispo family thanks to a local car dealership.  

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Former student arrested at Cuesta College North County campus

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A former Cuesta College student was arrested Tuesday after Cuesta College police say he threatened the North County campus.

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SLO County Air Pollution Control District issues voluntary no burn advisory

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San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District has issued a voluntary "Don't Light Tonight" advisory for December 12 to December 18.

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Updates on major fires across Central and Southern California

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Fires continue to rage across Central and Southern California as almost 9,000 firefighters make some successful progress in containing each. 

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N-95 face mask distribution for Tuesday

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An Air Quality Warning remains in effect for Santa Barbara County on Tuesday with monitoring stations recording unhealthy air and high levels of fine particles.

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Annual Hanukkah Downtown celebration kicks off Tuesday in SLO

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San Luis Obispo's annual Hanukkah Downtown celebration will kick off at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. 

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Fire efforts improve one week after start of Thomas Fire

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Fire crews continue to fight the Thomas Fire one week after it ignited in Ventura County.  

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Paso Robles Event Center opens grounds to house displaced livestock

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In response to the fires in Southern California, the Paso Robles Event Center has opened it's grounds to be used as an emergency equestrian and livestock housing facility.

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UPDATE: Senior who went missing from Solvang is back with her family

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a missing at-risk senior. 

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Fire spares some Carpinteria homes, destroys others

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Flames ripped through a neighborhood in Carpinteria Sunday evening, destroying more than 12 structures while sparing others.

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Westmont College evacuation brings back memories of Tea Fire

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The Thomas Fire has forced mandatory evacuations for students, faculty, and staff at Westmont College. Thee evacuations were put in place Sunday, but this isn't the first time this campus has been threatened by wildfires. The Tea Fire in the fall of 2008 damaged and burned several buildings on campus. So far, the campus is not in the destructive path in the Thomas Fire but it's close. Gayle Beebe, the president of the university, remembers when the Tea Fire ripped through parts...

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Santa Maria Fire Department to distribute N-95 face masks on Tuesday

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Free N-95 face masks will be distributed to the public at Santa Maria Fire stations on Tuesday, Dec. 12 due to unhealthy air conditions resulting from the Thomas Fire. 

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Westmont College uses Tea Fire experience in evacuation preparations

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The Thomas Fire has forced mandatory evacuations for students, faculty and staff at Westmont College, but the school's President says this isn't the first time his campus has been threatened by a wildfire.

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  • Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

    Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 2:24 AM EST2017-12-13 07:24:03 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:15 PM EST2017-12-14 00:15:38 GMT
    Islamic nations come together at Turkey summit, seeking united stance against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem.
    Islamic nations come together at Turkey summit, seeking united stance against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem.
  • UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

    UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:34 PM EST2017-12-13 22:34:42 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-12-13 23:56:37 GMT
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers.
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers.
  • US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

    US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 4:24 PM EST2017-12-13 21:24:30 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-12-13 23:56:36 GMT
    The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.
    The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.
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  • McKenna, Meyer Among Baseball America's Top 100 College Prospects

    McKenna, Meyer Among Baseball America's Top 100 College Prospects

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 7:52 PM EST2017-12-13 00:52:45 GMT
    Cal Poly outfielder Alex McKenna and catcher Nick Meyer, both juniors next spring, are included in Baseball America's Top 100 college prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. McKenna (pictured at right) is listed No. 47 while Meyer (pictured below left) landed at No. 89. The Top 100 was compiled by Teddy Cahill and Carlos Collazo in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs. In September, McKenna was listed No. 11 among eligible outfie...
    Cal Poly outfielder Alex McKenna and catcher Nick Meyer, both juniors next spring, are included in Baseball America's Top 100 college prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. McKenna (pictured at right) is listed No. 47 while Meyer (pictured below left) landed at No. 89. The Top 100 was compiled by Teddy Cahill and Carlos Collazo in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs. In September, McKenna was listed No. 11 among eligible outfie...
  • Bishop Diego cruises past CIF State Regional, advances to State Championship

    Bishop Diego cruises past CIF State Regional, advances to State Championship

    Sunday, December 10 2017 3:41 AM EST2017-12-10 08:41:15 GMT

    Bishop Diego High School football past Quartz Hill, 41-7 in the CIF Division3-AA State Regional Bowl game and advances to the state championship.

    Bishop Diego High School football past Quartz Hill, 41-7 in the CIF Division3-AA State Regional Bowl game and advances to the state championship.

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