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

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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. "When I first came here, I was freaking out."

Myers added that constantly checking his phone for updates on the fire didn't help with trying to stay calm. Other people living at the shelter were so shaken by the situation that they did not want to appear on camera.

"Oh heavens. It's horrible, I can't even imagine the enormity of that fire," said another evacuee.

Fire crews have been coming each morning hoping to give as much info as they can, but they still can't provide every answer.

The fire shelter also allows people to bring their small pets, and many evacuees say that having their four-legged friends helps them in a time of crisis.

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