Highway 101 full closure in Montecito planned until Monday


Truck after truck full of mud and debris from the mudslide that hit Montecito and buried Highway 101 are going in and out of a county dump site in Santa Barbara.

The 281,893 acre Thomas Fire in southern California is now 100% contained, after starting on December 4th. Just 13 people remain assigned to the fire.

Two people, a firefighter and a civilian, died in the fire. Over 1,000 structures were destroyed, including many homes, and an additional 280 were damaged.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter and level three restrictions are in place for the rest of the forest.

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Emergency responders load a person caught in Santa Barbara County's first major storm of the year.

Firefighters have still not determined the cause of the fire. "We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time", forestry officials stated. Campfires are allowed only in designated-use sites, and no fires are allowed in the backcountry; portable stoves and lanterns (with an on-off switch) are only permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit.

The Santa Barbara Airbus modified schedule consists of five, large 56-passenger coaches with daily departures from the Goleta headquarters located at 750 Technology Drive with free parking available.

The mandatory evacuation zone in Montecito has expanded three days after a devastating mud slide that killed at least 17 people.