A van crash and subsequent house fire shut down Santa Barbara Avenue in San Luis Obispo early Tuesday morning.
Fire officials say the Thomas Fire has grown to 236,000 acres by Tuesday evening and is 25 percent contained.
Flames ripped through a neighborhood in Carpinteria Sunday evening, destroying more than 12 structures while sparing others.
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...