The Thomas Fire started December 4 near Santa Paula, California, and has since moved northwest, burning behind and in some cases into Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. "A huge blaze that has devastated swaths of Southern California is on course to become the largest wildfire in the state's modern history and is expected to burn into January." (CNN) Family has been evacuated, friends have lost homes, and most of us in the area wear protective masks when outdoors.
As of December 21, all Santa Barbara County evacuation orders have been lifted.
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