Photo by Jonathan Bastian
FROM THIS EPISODE
Nick Bonge stands in front of his home of over 20 years, now burned to the ground.
Photo by Jonathan Bastian
Thomas Ball and Nick Bonge live on the same street in the foothills a couple miles above downtown Ventura. One of them lost his home. The other barely saved his. We take a tour of their properties and speak to them about how to rebuild and repair.
At the moment, firefighters are trying to keep the flames from crossing the Ventura County line into Santa Barbara and the farmland and residential areas of Carpinteria. One farmer heads into the evacuation zone to check on his crops.
Farmer BD Dautch enters the evacuation area in Carpinteria to check on his crops
A spot fire burns above a citrus grove
Firefighters enter drive up the road which separates Ventura from Santa Barbara,
to try and stop the Thomas Fire from jumping the county line
Photos by Kathryn Barnes
Kathryn Barnes, Coordinating Producer, KCRW Santa Barbara
Strong Santa Ana winds are common during the winter in Southern California. But, this year, those winds blew through vegetation that has seen virtually no rain this season.
David Gomberg, National Weather Service
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