Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I arrived in Santa Barbara just as the city reopened for business after the Jesusita fire. It was difficult to believe that much of the city had been engulfed in smoke a few days earlier and that many residents had had to evacuate.

But I watched as firetrucks from as far north as Santa Rosa and Marin County cruised up State Street.

...and happened to eat dinner at a Mexican restaurant where some of the fire fighters were sharing stories and verifying rumors of personal exploits.

Thank you notes were everywhere — on cars, in windows, at the grocery stores...

Learn more about the Jesusita fire.

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