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Community meeting planned as winter storms increase public safety threat to Thomas Fire burn areas

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With more rain on the way next week along the Central and South coasts, Santa Barbara County wants residents near the Thomas Fire burn area to be prepared for additional risks winter storms now bring.

The County says due to the fire's burn scar, "the threat of flash floods and debris/mud flows is now 10 times greater than before the fire" and wants the public to understand "the seriousness of this situation and not delay in taking action to protect their self, family and property."

An informational community meeting to address these issues is scheduled for Monday, January 8, in Santa Barbara from 5 to 6 p.m. at  105 E. Anapamu St. 

The meeting will also be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

The County says it expects additional information for residents and visitors to be available Friday. 

The Thomas Fire broke out December 4 and burned more than 281,000 acres across 17 named canyons while destroying more than 1,000 structures and damaging hundreds others. A month after the fire broke out, it remained 92 percent contained. 

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