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School still out at Westmont College due to Tea Fire

School is still out at Westmont College in Montecito, where crews are busy cleaning up the mess the Tea Fire left behind.

Flames destroyed several buildings on campus, including the physics, psychology, and old math buildings. The fire also damaged faculty offices and four residence halls. more

Westmont College students, faculty members lose dwellings in fire

The Tea fire burned capriciously through Westmont College in Montecito, destroying nearly two dozen buildings while leaving others untouched. College spokesman Scott Craig said he was in his office about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when he saw 100-foot flames shooting down a mountainside toward the campus. He fled to the campus gym. more

Fast-moving fires destroy Southern California homes

Southern Californians weathered a third straight day of devastation Saturday as wind-blasted wildfires destroyed 500 mobile homes, shut down major freeways and forced thousands of residents in the path of flames to flee to safety in three counties. Gov. Schwarzenegger this morning toured the area of Montecitodevastated by the Tea Fire. Schwarzenegger toured an area of Circle Drive in Santa Barbara where some homes were destroyed and others saved. He also toured the Westmont College campus where several buildings burned and made an appearance at the command headquarters at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. more

Westmont College emerges safe, but not unscathed

Reporting from Montecito — The Westmont College gym was itchy hot and getting hotter. Eye-burning smoke seeped inside, despite the blue duct tape covering the cracks between the double doors. As campus officials repeatedly assured about 800 students and faculty that this sturdy, cinder-block gym was the safest place to be, some evacuees formed prayer circles on the wooden floor. more

Dream home reduced to ashes

Sitting in a medical clinic on a sunny Santa Barbara morning, waiting for a doctor to refill his prescriptions, is not how James Patterson wanted to spend his Friday. Mr. Patterson, 76, a retired real estate agent, said he was home alone when he spotted the fire. “When it first started, I looked right out our breakfast nook . . . and I could see the fire over by Westmont,” about 2 1/2 miles to the east, said Mr. Patterson. more

Westmont takes double hit from Tea Fire – Faculty homes, physics and psychology departments destroyed

For some faculty members at Westmont College, the Tea Fire hit twice as hard, destroying where they live and work. As flames roared across the picturesque campus, buildings that housed the physics and psychology departments were destroyed. Nearby, single-family homes used by faculty members met the same fate. “That’s traumatic, to have your work and your office gone,” said Scott Craig, Westmont’s manager of media relations. more

Battle against 1,500-acre Tea Fire rages on – Blaze has damaged or destroyed up to 200 homes

Officials from multiple jurisdictions Friday described the countless efforts to contain the 1,500-acre Tea Fire, which has destroyed or damaged as many as 200 homes in Montecito and Santa Barbara and led to the evacuation of approximately 5,500 homes. Fire investigators were still working to determine what — or who — ignited the blaze, which started near the Tea Gardens, an unoccupied early 1990s estate located above the Westmont College campus. more

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

CALIF. HELLFIRE LUXE HOMES IN FLAMES AS H’WOOD STARS FLEE

An exclusive Southern California coastal town beloved by moguls, movie stars and artists for its natural beauty and stunning estates went up in flames yesterday – with more than 100 homes completely destroyed and thousands of evacuees fleeing for their lives. … In addition to the dozens of luxury homes razed in the blaze, eight buildings at Westmont College were destroyed as well as the picturesque Mount Calvary Monastery in the Santa Ynez Mountains. “You’ve got palm trees and eucalyptus trees that are literally exploding with their hot oil,” said Scott Craig, spokesman at Westmont, a Christian liberal-arts college. “You’ve got these big, red hot embers that are flying through the sky and catching anything on fire.” more

BURNING CAMPUS: Fire sweeps Westmont College as students strum

The Westmont College gym was itchy hot and getting hotter. Eye-burning smoke seeped inside, despite blue duct tape that sealed the cracks between the double doors. As campus officials repeatedly assured about 800 students and faculty that this sturdy, cinder-block gym was the safest place to be, evacuees formed prayer circles on the wooden floor. more

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