Photo: A fire engine parked in downtown Ventura (Matt Sinsky)
FROM THIS EPISODE
The fires have forced 94,000 people to evacuate. But, even those who aren’t in the evacuation zone are finding their lives disrupted because of school closures. Low-income families who depend on school meals are struggling to feed their kids.
10-year-old Luis typically eats free breakfast and lunch at McKinley Elementary School
Blake and Addie volunteer for the Food Bank since school is closed
Photos by Kathryn Barnes
Kathryn Barnes, Coordinating Producer, KCRW Santa Barbara
Nick Bonge is one of hundreds of people who lost their home in the Thomas Fire. He lives on Briarwood Terrace in the foothills of downtown Ventura. We first met him two days after the fire broke out. A week later, we check in with him about finding temporary housing, dealing with insurance and starting to rebuild.
Nick Bonge's house burned down the night the Thomas Fire erupted
Photos by Jonathan Bastian
Nick Bonge, resident of Ventura
It looks like Noah's Ark at the Humane Society of Ventura County in downtown Ojai. When the fire broke out last Monday night, employees and volunteers scrambled to shelter over 400 evacuated pets (90 of which were horses). Over a week later, with tens of thousands still displaced, the shelter is still housing over triple their capacity.
Pigs, goats, and Icelandic horses are just some of the evacuated
animals still at the Humane Society of Ventura County
Photo by Jonathan Bastian
Franki Williams, Humane Society of Ventura County
If you live in the 805, you’re likely wearing an N-95 mask around town. The point is to avoid breathing in ash or particulates. And while we know inhaling it is bad for humans, what’s all this ash doing to our water?
A layer of ash covers everything in town, including patios, sidewalks and streets.
Photo by Kathryn Barnes
Hunter Lenihan, UC Santa Barbara
Just a couple blocks from the beach in downtown Ventura, the restaurant Spencer MaKenzie’s has been doling out fish tacos to firefighters from all over the western US At first they were free to those fighting the blaze. Now, local residents are stepping up to pay the bill.
Nolan Hale, Cal Fire
More From The 805
Cleanup and healing after Montecito mudslides Mudslide sediment is being dumped onto local beaches and some environmentalists are concerned. Elementary school students in Montecito deal with displacement and losing fellow classmates. And a Chumash family refuses to leave their damaged and destroyed homes.
Trapped by mud in Montecito A tragic mudslide in the coastal Santa Barbara community of Montecito has left over a dozen people dead and missing. The destruction is only beginning to be measured. As search and rescue teams continue to comb through debris looking for survivors and recovering bodies, we speak to those affected and seek answers about evacuation orders and emergency alerts from county officials.
Author Pico Iyer on losing everything and rethinking death As those who lost their homes in the Thomas Fire begin to rebuild, author and Santa Barbara's own Pico Iyer joins us to talk about his own experience losing everything in a fire, and the deeper lessons he learned. He also discusses his upcoming event with palliative care doctor BJ Miller, who specializes in something many Americans absolutely hate to talk about - death.