The 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures. But, it threatened many times more buildings than that before firefighters stopped the flames. One of the buildings in the path of the flames was a former stage stop turned tavern which is more than 130 years old. The popular lunch, dinner and cocktails spot came through the inferno intact, and it just reopened Wednesday.
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The Santa Barbara and Ventura County coastlines are home to a one of a kind National Park. Channel Islands National Park includes unique islands, some rare animal and plant life, as well as the special marine habitat. But, also off the coastline is a lesser known preserve. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a 1400 square mile protected marine environment off the coast. It’s one of 14 federally designated marine protected areas. But, it’s also on President Trump’s list of protected national monuments and sanctuaries he wants reviewed for their status, with an eye towards opening some for development of their natural resources.