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Couple stays behind despite Thomas Fire evacuation orders

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Crews are doing all they can to protect homes in the hills of Montecito from the Thomas Fire. While mandatory evacuations are still in place, some homeowners say the fire isn't close enough for them to leave their home.

Ed and Marcia Lenvik have lived in their Montecito home since the early 1970s. Just off Highway 192, the home sits on a corner, not far from a view of Romero Canyon.

"We were supposed to evacuate, we did not," Marcia said. "We're on a corner with wide streets on each side, we have a pool, the house is fairly cleared away with tall shrubbery."

Their home is in an area with a history of devastating fires. Some that the Lenvik's have experienced.

"Well, we've lived through the Jesusita Fire and the one before that, the Tea Fire," Marcia said. "That one burned so close. It burned about a quarter of our shrubbery, about 15 feet from the house."

The couple has hoses at all four corners of the house. However, they say they're ready to leave at a moment's notice.

"Our cars are packed and ready to go," Ed said. "We just didn't feel it was immediately necessary for us to leave."

Still, the thought of leaving is in their minds.

"But in the same token, you sit here and wonder, 'gosh, if I was to go down and go to the doctor could I get back in?' and I think we could," Ed said.

In a neighborhood that is usually buzzing with the Christmas spirit, this year, it's gone quiet. Regardless, the Lenvik's say they made the right decision.

"I'm glad we stayed, it's much more comfortable," Marcia said.

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