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Santa Barbara Tea Fire Targets Luxury Homes

Posted by feww on November 14, 2008

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Montecito fire consumes about 900 acres, 80 homes

An intelligent brush fire which broke out Thursday at 6.00pm local time in the hills above Montecito, Santa Barbara County, targeted luxury homes with ocean views in the wealthy Cold Springs area destroying about 80 structures.


People watch a home burn in the hills above Santa Barbara. Many residents were forced to evacuate. (Phil Klein/AP). Source: SFG. Image may be subject to copyright.

Celebrities who own homes in the area include talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, and actors Rob Lowe and Michael Douglas.

More than 1,000 firefighters, about 125 fire engines and three water-dropping helicopters were rushed in to battle the blazes at the so-called Tea Fire.

The cause of Tea Fire is still undetermined/or remains undisclosed [as it now seems to be the norm with all Calif. fires.]

The Montecito Fire Protection District

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SoCal Fires Update October 15

Posted by feww on October 15, 2008

California: Playing with fire!

“Once again, we are facing the perfect storm of high winds, low humidity and high heat,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Wildfires have consumed 26,000 acres and 64 structures [and many mobile homes] from Los Angeles to the Mexican border in the last few days, Schwarzenegger said.


[This bag and my son is all I ever needed!] – Maria Ramirez runs through a police closure to get her son from their home as the Marek fire threatens houses in Lake View Terrace. October 13, 2008. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times. Image may be subject to copyright.

  • Marek fire was more than 50% contained.
  • Sesnon fire, doubled in size overnight to about 10,000 acres, is still burning in a southwesterly direction.
  • Villaraigosa signed a local emergency declaration to receive state and federal disaster assistance.


The Sky Terrace Mobile Lodge in the northeast San Fernando Valley suffered significant damage to residences and structure from the Marek fire. October 13, 2008. Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times.
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