Santa Barbara Schools Closed Until 2018 Due to Thomas Fire: The Santa Barbara Unified School District has been closed since last Thursday as many of its students and teachers live in mandatory evacuation areas.

By the end of this week, schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District will have been closed for seven days, making it the longest closure in the district’s history since the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 that killed 20 to 40 million people worldwide. … Westmont College remains closed as it’s within the mandatory evacuation zone and is being used as a staging area for hundreds of firefighters. more

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