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Tea Fire: One year later

It has been exactly one year since the devastating Tea Fire began burning on the South Coast. Friday, a commemoration will be held by students of Westmont College. The Tea Fire demolished eight buildings and 15 faculty homes on the Westmont campus. The reception begins at 3:30p.m. at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel on the campus. more

Prayers of Thanks Mark Westmont’s Tea Fire Commemoration

Westmont College faculty, staff, students and community members gathered on the lawn of the school’s prayer chapel Friday in remembrance of the wildfire that swept through the campus just one year ago. Led by the Westmont College Student Association, those in attendance sang worship songs on the lawn, and prayers of gratitude were offered up by several of the students. God was thanked for sparing most of the campus and for sparing lives. more

One Year Later, Tea Fire Still Hits Close to Home: Doug and Karen Crawford, who lost everything in the 2008 wildfire, reflect on the devastation and celebrate a new beginning

We started receiving phone calls from friends at work and church late in the afternoon on Nov. 13, 2008. They warned us of the danger of what news reports were calling the Las Alturas fire. Turning on the television and hearing reports that the fire was actually in the mountains above Westmont College and heading west, we decided to get prepared in case the wind direction changed. more

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

SCENE WEEKEND — Friday, November 13, 2009: DANCE

Beauty Bomb: 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Porter Theater, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road. Dance and theater event explores the concept of Pandora, first woman of myth. Directed by Lila Rose Kaplan; guest chorographer is Jenny April Kaplan. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. 565-7040. more

Prayers of Thanks Mark Westmont’s Tea Fire Commemoration

Despite devastation, campus community counts blessings on one-year anniversary Westmont College faculty, staff, students and community members gathered on the lawn of the school’s prayer chapel Friday in remembrance of the wildfire that swept through the campus just one year ago. Led by the Westmont College Student Association, those in attendance sang worship songs on the lawn, and prayers of gratitude were offered up by several of the students. God was thanked for sparing most of the campus and for sparing lives. more

Tea Brushfire remembered on first anniversary

November 13th, 2009 marks the first anniversary of one of the worst disasters in Santa Barbara County history. It was a year ago that the “Tea” brushfire rolled down from the mountains above Montecito, ultimately destroying 210 homes. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Montecito, where he talks with some survivors about their rebuilding efforts.more

Mercy Warriors Volleyball: Grace named league MVP

Before Benicia Grace and the rest of the Mercy Warriors volleyball team battled for a first round playoff win, Tuesday night, she and three teammates were honored by the Tri-Cities League. Grace was named the Tri-Cities League’s Most Valuable Players and fellow Warriors Nastasha Czajka, Melissa Grens and Julene Stokes joined her on the All-League team. Grace said she plans on continuing her volleyball career at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Westmont remembers Fire

The Westmont College Student Association will host a free community reception, “One Year Later: A Tea Fire Commemoration.” The event will take place on Nov. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel on campus, and will feature light refreshments, prayer and worship along with a video and photo display. more

Westmont to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Tea Fire

The college has had to rebuild from the devastation of the blaze, and on Friday will host a community commemoration. It has been one year since the Tea Fire ignited in the hills above Montecito, and one community that had a harrowing brush with the wildfire will meet Friday in commemoration. Westmont College saw eight of its buildings destroyed last November in the first few hours of a blaze that raged for days. Of the 230 homes that were destroyed, 15 were Westmont faculty homes, and 62 students, 18 faculty members and nine staff were displaced. The fire also left the renowned Mount Calvary Monastery & Retreat House in ruins. more

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