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Thomas Fire grows to 230,000 acres, containment drops to 10 percent

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At a community meeting Sunday afternoon, fire officials said the Thomas Fire had grown to more than 200,000 acres. 

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Thousands of face masks distributed in Lompoc Sunday

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Face masks may soon be distributed in northern Santa Barbara County as smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire is now significantly affecting the area.

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Firefighters work to protect homes in the path of the Thomas Fire

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Fire crews are doing all they can to protect homes in the path of the Thomas Fire.

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School closures for Monday, December 11

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Schools affected by the Thomas Fire 

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Lompoc Unified, Santa Maria-area schools to be closed Monday

Lompoc High School is among the schools closed Monday. (KSBY photo) Lompoc High School is among the schools closed Monday. (KSBY photo)
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The Lompoc Unified School District is one of many in Santa Barbara County to announce closures for Monday due to the Thomas Fire.  

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Firefighters respond to brush fire near Los Olivos

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A brush fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. near Los Olivos on Sunday.  

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Dry air continues to be an issue with the Thomas Fire

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Winds across the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County were gusty this morning but have for the most part calmed.  Winds 5-15mph are expected thru the afternoon with some local gusts to 20mph in Santa Barbara County with winds up to 30mph in Ventura County.  Red flag warnings continue for both areas but largely due to the dryness of the air, some relative humidity numbers have dropped to the 5-15% range which is a concern for the way fuels behave in fires. No big changes in t...

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Free face masks to be distributed Monday at select locations in Santa Barbara County

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Free N-95 masks will be distributed at select locations in Santa Barbara County on Monday, Dec. 11.

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1 dead in fiery crash along Highway 101 near Arroyo Grande

A vehicle fire was reported along Highway 101 near Arroyo Grande Sunday afternoon. A vehicle fire was reported along Highway 101 near Arroyo Grande Sunday afternoon.
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Firefighters Sunday were responding to a brush fire sparked by a vehicle rollover on Highway 101 near Laetitia Vineyard Drive. 

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Jury trials in Santa Barbara postponed due to Thomas Fire

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Jury trials in Santa Barbara are being impacted by the Thomas Fire.  

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Santa Barbara Zoo monitoring animals during Thomas Fire

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While officials say there is no immediate threat to the Santa Barbara Zoo from the Thomas Fire, the zoo was closed to the public Sunday.

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Community meeting scheduled Sunday at San Marcos High School

Fire crews watching the water drops through the smoke. The active fire is on the adjacent ridge in Carpinteria. (KSBY photo) Fire crews watching the water drops through the smoke. The active fire is on the adjacent ridge in Carpinteria. (KSBY photo)
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A community meeting regarding the Thomas Fire is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.  

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New evacuations issued for Montecito, Carpinteria as Thomas Fire moves west

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Additional evacuation notices from the Thomas Fire were issued for the Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara Sunday.

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Thomas Fire causing power outages, surges in Santa Barbara area

SCE crews working in Ventura neighborhoods Friday. (KSBY photo) SCE crews working in Ventura neighborhoods Friday. (KSBY photo)
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Thousands of Southern California Edison customers in southern Santa Barbara County are experiencing intermittent outages and power surges Sunday due to the Thomas Fire. 

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UPDATE: Santa Barbara County Animal Services no longer in need of volunteers

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Santa Barbara County Animal Services is requesting help from equine experienced volunteers.

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Ventura County launches Thomas Fire recovery efforts

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The County of Ventura has launched a website to help victims of the Thomas Fire as they begin to recover from the devastating wildfire. 

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Pacific Surfliner service suspended on Sunday

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Pacific Surfliner service was suspended on Sunday due to the Thomas Fire.

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National Guard Blackhawks helping fight Thomas Fire

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More resources are helping with the Thomas Fire.

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Dumpster fire spread to nearby home in Santa Maria

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A dumpster fire in Santa Maria spread to a home with children inside Sunday morning.

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Thomas Fire smoke causing poor air quality

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On Sunday, smoke could be seen in San Luis Obispo County as well.  

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Los Padres closes National Forest due to Thomas Fire

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Los Padres National Forest officials have closed access to the Ojai, Santa Barbara and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts.

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Thomas Fire advances on homes in Carpinteria area

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Sunday morning fire crews were busy with structure protection along Shepard Mesa Road.

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Mandatory evacuation orders expanded in Carpinteria and Montecito areas

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Due to changing conditions, Thomas Fire Unified Command requested the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office to issue an order expanding the mandatory evacuation to include the Carpinteria and Montecito areas.

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Thomas Fire now 155,000 acres, 15% contained

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Saturday marks the sixth day the Thomas Fire has been burning.

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

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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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Cold-shooting Cal Poly basketball falls to Fresno State, 83-63

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Guard Deshon Taylor scored 21 points and led a quintet of double-digit scorers as Fresno State made 51 percent of its floor shots en route to an 83-63 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference men’s basketball game Saturday night inside Mott Athletics Center.

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SLO police warn of phone scam

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San Luis Obispo Police Department is warning the public about a phone scam on the Central Coast.

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Face masks to be distributed in Santa Barbara County Sunday

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Authorities will be handing out free N-95 face masks in Santa Barbara County on Sunday as the Thomas Fire continues to impact air quality. N-95 masks are designed to protect people from microparticles floating in the air from wildfires. Normal surgical and hardware masks do not provide this same level of protection. Masks will be distributed at the following locations: Carpinteria Albertsons (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Santa Barbara Public Library (1 - 5 p.m.) Franklin Community Center ...

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Driver flown to hospital after crash leaves two dogs dead

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Santa Barbara County Fire officials say a man was flown to the hospital after a single vehicle accident in Santa Ynez valley.

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Officers searching for driver after 3-year-old struck in hit and run

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San Luis Obispo Police is searching for a driver after a 3-year-old child was struck in a hit and run on Friday.

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Gusty Santa Ana winds return, red flag warning issued for LA, Ventura Counties

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This weekend’s weather isn’t looking good for fire conditions out of Ventura and LA County.

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Hundreds of rare turtles evacuated from Thomas Fire in Ojai, relocated to Atascadero

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Hundreds of rare turtles and tortoises evacuated from the Thomas Fire are calling Atascadero their temporary home. 

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Third firefighter injured battling Lilac Fire in San Diego County

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A third firefighter has been injured battling the Lilac Fire in San Diego County.

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"The new normal": Governor Jerry Brown surveys damage of Thomas Fire

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California Govenor Jerry Brown will visit the scene of a deadly wildfire in Ventura.

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Thomas Fire meeting to be held on Saturday to update residents

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A community meeting will be held Saturday afternoon for Ventura residents who have been directly affected by the fire. 

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Regular Pacific Surfliner service expected to resume on Sunday

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Regular Pacific Surfliner service is expected to resume on Sunday.

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Car fire stops traffic on Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande

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A car fire brought traffic to a standstill Saturday morning on Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande. 

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The latest: Thomas Fire evacuations, road closures

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Road closures, evacuation orders for Saturday. 

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Residents evacuated from Thomas Fire allowed temporary access to homes this weekend

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Temporary residential access will be allowed on Saturday and Sunday during the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

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Free masks to be distributed in Carpinteria, Goleta & Santa Barbara on Saturday

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Due to continued unhealthy air conditions from the Thomas Fire free N-95 masks will be handed out on Saturday. 

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Santa Maria police seize 13 ounces of heroin

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A Santa Maria man was arrested after police say they found him with more than 13 ounces of heroin. 

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Mullahey Holiday Classic: First Round

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Highlights from the first round of the San Luis Obispo girls basketball Holiday Classic as SLO takes on Nipomo and Arroyo Grande squares off with Camarillo.

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