It has been a long tough 3 days for the Santa Barbara and Montecito community, but it looks like the Tea Fire is finally contained.  After a horrific first 24 hours of intense wind and fire starting Thursday at about 5:30 p.m., we have been fortunate to have mother nature cooperate the last 2 days.  With almost no wind since midday Friday, the firefighters have been able to get the upper hand with the fire and almost all of it is contained as of tonight.

Sadly, the preliminary count of lost homes is around 130 in the city of Santa Barbara and around 80 in the Montecito and Foothill areas.  Upwards of 2000 acres were burned and preliminary damage is estimated at around $500 Million.

For further information on the Tea Fire as it relates to structures lost, evacuations etc. go to The County of Santa Barbara Emergency Services.

Further Reading: Montecito and Santa Barbara Tea Fire Update November 15th, 2008, Photos of the Tea Fire

For information on Santa Barbara Real Estate, Montecito Real Estate and/or our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in our area, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty.

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