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Firefighters Focused on Defending Carpinteria from Thomas Fire on Monday Over 6,000 Fire Personnel Fight On; Voluntary Evacuations Stretch to Highway 154

As the western edge of the Thomas Fire, now about 2 miles to the northeast of Toro Canyon Park, continues to spread to the west, fire crews will begin using Westmont’s campus as a staging ground for operations in the Montecito foothills, according to Westmont College Manager of Media Relations Scott Craig. About 500 firefighters and 100 engines will cycle through the campus as strike teams are assigned to defend structures throughout Montecito, north of Highway 192. more

Thomas Fire explodes to 230,500 acres — now 5th largest in California history

The Thomas Fire has reached Santa Barbara County and the smoke plume spread over San Luis Obispo County on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Here’s a look at the skies over Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and elsewhere. … Most Santa Barbara County schools canceled classes for at least Monday, and Westmont College closed its campus in the Montecito foothills since it was in the mandatory evacuation zone Sunday night. more

Westmont College evacuation brings back memories of Tea Fire

The Thomas Fire has forced mandatory evacuations for students, faculty, and staff at Westmont College. Three evacuations were put in place Sunday, but this isn’t the first time this campus has been threatened by wildfires. The Tea Fire in November 2008 damaged and burned several buildings on campus. So far, the campus is not in the destructive path in the Thomas Fire, but it is close to the burn zone. watch video

Westmont College uses Tea Fire experience in evacuation preparations

The Thomas Fire has forced mandatory evacuations for students, faculty and staff at Westmont College, but the school’s President says this isn’t the first time his campus has been threatened by a wildfire.

The Tea Fire back in 2008 damaged and burned several buildings on Westmont’s campus.  So far, the campus has not been in the destructive path of the Thomas Fire, but it’s close. more

Santa Barbara County School Closure Updates Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has food distribution sites on South Coast for families, children missing out on meals

The growing Thomas Fire burning in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties has prompted mass school closures this week, and some districts decided to start winter break early while others are planning to hold classes. … Westmont College is within the mandatory evacuation zone and has closed its campus. Hundreds of firefighters were staging there on Monday, according to college officials. more

Thomas Fire Explodes to 231,700 Acres, Claims Place in California History Week-old wildfire now threatening Santa Barbara County communities has grown to become state’s fifth largest ever; more than 640 homes destroyed

With the end nowhere in sight, the Thomas Fire now burning in Santa Barbara County has secured its place in the annals of California wildfires. …Most Santa Barbara County schools canceled classes for at least Monday, and Westmont College closed its campus in the Montecito foothills since it was in the mandatory evacuation zone Sunday night. more

Body found in Thomas Fire burn area Flames reach La Conchita, sending evacuation holdouts fleeing

A woman’s body was found in a burn area near Ojai, as firefighters continued to battle several massive wildfires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. … Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Cate School, Santa Barbara Middle School, Laguna Blanca School, College School District and Adelante Charter School will also be closed today. more

This Week in Local Sports

The high school football season just got a week longer as Bishop Diego was selected to play in the CIF State Playoffs after winning the Southern Section Division 6 title last Friday. … Bethesda at Westmont, 7:30 p.m. more

Round Table Press Luncheon: Bishop Coaches Needed a Happy Dance After Winning CIF Title

When Bishop Diego defeated Golden Valley for its first CIF-SS football championship last Friday at Canyon High, the coaches found themselves in an awkward position. They didn’t know how to react. …

Westmont Men

Coach John Moore described the play of teams captains Jerry Karczewski and Sean Harman in the last two games as falling off a bike and then getting back on it. more

Cards face new future, CIF State playoff berth

Many of Bishop Diego High’s football coaches have worked together for nearly two decades, factoring every possibility on the field. … Westmont College’s John Moore sounded like a cycling coach in describing the way senior stars Jerry Karczewski and Sean Harmon “jumped right back up onto the bike” to lead Saturday’s 70-69 win over Pomona Pitzer after having struggled during Friday’s 77-74 loss to Antelope Valley. more

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