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Photo: Santa Barbara mayor-elect Cathy Murillo

What it's like to fly planes into the Thomas Fire 4 MIN, 9 SEC

At the Air Tanker Base in Santa Maria, air crews fighting the Thomas Fire reload their planes with fire retardant before heading back to the blaze. In addition to 3 million gallons of water, nearly 3 million gallons of retardant has been dropped on the flames so far. We meet the people in charge of refueling and flying those planes.

Pilot Delbert Hunt shows us his MD-87 jet, which he flies above the Thomas Fire to drop retardant on the flames. (Larry Perel)

Top local stories of 2017, and ones to watch in 2018 14 MIN, 29 SEC

It's hard to recall what predated the Thomas Fire here along the Central Coast, but before the flame was sparked, Santa Barbara elected a new mayor, Oxnard fought against a new power plant on its coast, and leaders across the tri-county region began drafting new pot regulations before recreational marijuana becomes legal next year. We take a look at the top stories of 2017, and what local journalists will pay close attention to next year.

Guests:
Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent (@SBIndpndnt)
Joshua Molina, Noozhawk

Celebrating 'Hygge' during the holidays 7 MIN, 34 SEC

As the Thomas Fire slows and those along the Central Coast transition back to the holiday season, we check out a cookbook that celebrates coziness and feeding the ones you love most.

Guests:
Leela Cyd, Author

Tasting Hygge

Leela Cyd

CREDITS

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producers:
Kathryn Barnes

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