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Hotels in Santa Barbara County booking up due to Thomas Fire evacuees

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Hotels are booking up in Santa Barbara County as the Thomas Fire has forced thousands from their homes as it burns out of control in Ventura County.

While some rooms were still available in the city of Ventura late Tuesday morning, Many hotels and motels in Santa Barbara and Goleta reported being full, some being almost fully booked prior to the start of fire with the remainder of available rooms being booked by evacuees, according to hotel employees. 

Employees at Lompoc's newly-opened Hilton Garden Inn say they have also heard from evacuees looking to book rooms.

The fire as of Tuesday morning had burned more than 45,000 acres and destroyed at least 150 structures. 

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