Eight Years After the Devastating Tea Fire, Many Have Yet to Rebuild Lost Homes

The fire burned 210 homes in Montecito, a community that stretches across city and county lines.  County planners said about 31 percent of the homes in its jurisdiction have not been rebuilt. Santa Barbara City planners said about 20 percent of the homes have not been rebuilt, although some are in the midst of making a comeback. …Westmont Physics professor Ken Kihlstrom lost more than most.  The fire burned his office on campus and his nearby home, while he and his wife were leading a semester abroad. Kihlstrom said he remembers friends calling him to say they could see his home burning on KEYT. more

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