Local poets hold reading for fire victims : Professor loses priceless poetry, fiction collection

Westmont College English Professor Paul Willis remembers that he was due to participate in a poetry reading at Santa Barbara City College on the night the Tea Fire broke out. By 6:10 p.m., he and his wife Sharon, a nurse at the Westmont Health Center, knew they had better evacuate. They lived in Carpinteria during the Painted Cave Fire in 1990 and recalled all too well how quickly it roared from the mountains above Goleta to the ocean. From the time they realized the Tea Fire was nearby to the time they fled from their now-destroyed campus residence to the college gymnasium only 10 minutes had passed. more

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