Governor tours fire damage

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a neighborhood of Westmont faculty homes this morning, summing up the devastation caused by the Tea Fire by saying it “looks like hell.” The visit comes as favorable weather conditions allow crews on the ground and in the air to get a handle on the blaze, which has cost $3.5 million to fight so far, and as crews from outside the area are being released to help battle a nearly 3,000-acre blaze in Sylmar, which has burned 600 homes. Mr. Schwarzenegger said FEMA has promised to help Montecito and Santa Barbara residents affected by the Tea Fire. He also said interest-free loans could be available “to help bring these people’s lives back.” more

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