There’s trouble in paradise again. One of my favorite luxury vacation towns, Santa Barbara, is in the midst of powerful, raging fire. It’s already destroyed over one hundred homes and caused some injuries (none major, yet) to over a dozen people. These are million-dollar plus homes in the area just east of Santa Barbara, some of which belong to celebrities. Montecito and Santa Barbara are popular California towns to vacation in, but this time of year, it’s the residents – the people who work hard and maintain the beautiful towns’ livability – who are there. I worry about them.
This fire just started at 5:50 PM last night. But it has spread super fast, because of the dry Fall season and the hot desert winds blowing in. Close to 4 miles have burned already, with no end in sight. Last night, the newschoppers showed the scary sight of so many houses – estates, really – totally gutted by the fire, and a small college (Westmont) lost dormitories and faculty homes as well.
This is scary stuff. I live south of Montecito, and the sky today is clear and blue – so unlike the scene around 75 miles north of me. The Santa Barbara Fire Department is working long and hard to extinguish the flames, of course, and I can only wish them safety and success. Santa Barbara County is one of the most beautiful and safest parts of Southern California to live. Here’s to the SBFD for working to keep it that way.