Tea Fire: A Look Back

It was one year ago when a massive fire of historical proportions would forever affect us all. In the end, 231 homes would be lost. Thousands forced from their homes. And millions of dollars in damage, but thankfully, no lives would be lost. The explosive, wind driven fire broke out on November 13, 2008 at 5:45 p.m. in the hills directly above Westmont College and an area populated with custom built mountain homes, and multi-million dollar mansions. Embers were showering the area in many directions, immediately starting new fires. Some had flame lengths of 60 to 70 feet. more

Veteran's Honored And Remembered In Santa Barbara

Soldiers of the Royal Presidio in Santa Barbara, along with soldiers from Fort Tejon State Historic Park paid tribute to military veterans Wednesday morning…The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and Westmont’s Choir and Orchestra are expected to preform. more


The Santa Barbara Music Club proudly announces its 40th season of free concerts featuring outstanding local soloists and chamber music ensembles…Also appearing are Philip Ficsor, professor of violin at Westmont, and the Westmont Chamber Singers directed by Grey Brothers. more

KEY Assignment: What's Right In Montecito

It’s a community that dealt with a major disaster within the past year and yet, Montecito is proving how resilient it truly is. We take a look at “What’s Right” about this unique community that has suffered such recent devastation. more

Classes Resume At Westmont After Tea Fire Destruction

Westmont College re-opened it’s doors Monday with “hope and renewal.” Monday was the first day back to class since the Tea Fire closed school for more than two weeks. The Montecito Fire Department received a standing ovation during Monday’s re-opening events. more video

Westmont Students Return To Campus

Westmont College was one of the first areas to be ravaged by the Tea Fire. The campus lost several buildings in the blaze, including student dorms and faculty housing. On Saturday, more than two weeks after the fire broke out, the school re-opened it’s doors. more video

Tea Fire: Westmont Recovery

Thousand of student and faculty were forced to evacuate Westmont College after the destruct Tea Fire broke out last Thursday. The university’s president announced classes will not resume until after the Thanksgiving holiday, on December 1st. more video

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