Photo: Santa Barbara mayor-elect Cathy Murillo
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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)
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.
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