Thomas fire

California Prepares for Snow, Rain, Mudslides

Warnings have been posted for the risk of mudslides in areas that burned in last year’s wildfires, as bone-dry California looks forward to its best week of rain and snow this winter.

California mudslide license plate (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Mudslides in Montecito as Winter Rains Hit Fire-Ravaged SoCal

A mudslide shut down the 101 Freeway in Montecito, California, on Tuesday morning as heavy winter rains hit the region devastated by the recent Thomas fire. #BREAKING: Mudslide shuts down the 101 in Montecito. People asking to be rescued from

Montecito Mudslide (@caffeineben / Twitter)

California Wildfires to Cost $180 Billion This Year

With firefighters gaining the upper hand as “red flag” winds die down, it appears that the bill for this year’s California wildfire season will come in at around $180 billion.

More Firefighters (David McNew / Getty)

Wall of Fire Bears Down on Santa Barbara Gateway Towns

Firefighters are bracing Sunday morning to stop a wall of fire that is advancing on Carpenteria and Montecito, two towns that line the southeast approach to Santa Barbara along Highway 101 and that stand in the direct path of the massive Thomas fire.

Santa Barbara fires (@SBCFireInfo / Twitter)

Fire Forces 27,000 to Evacuate in Ventura as Dry Winter Looms

A masive wildfire that erupted overnight and burned over 30,000 acres has forced 27,000 people in Ventura County to evacuate their homes as 150 structures were destroyed, according to reports from local news and wire services.

Ventura County fire (VCFD / Twitter)