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Along with the freeway, Coast Village Road has been closed off during the Montecito mudflow disaster.

Now that Highway 101 has reopened, businesses in the area have been told that the street should be open on Tuesday.

Coast Village Road businesses owners looking for relief are organizing this week.

They plan to meet with attorneys familiar with FEMA at their impact hub offices, January 16, 23 and 25 at 117 State St.

Santa Barbara city and business leaders are meeting today to discuss the massive impacts of the Montecito floods.

Countless businesses were destroyed and others closed by the evacuation.

After years of pleas from many residents, retailer Target will open a store in Santa Barbara.

That store, however, will not be like a traditional store.

Some firefighters from Petaluma on a break from the Thomas Fire went to get food at the Palace Cafe in Santa Barbara, and wound up in a musical.

Sweepers will be rolling soon to clean the streets in Santa Barbara from all, or at least most of, the ash from the Thomas Fire.

The city has sweeper trucks that can get 80% of the ash, working in a massive operation beyond the normal scope.

With the Thomas Fire now in its second week, there are several communities that are seeing crews coming and going for days.

The Thomas Fire is looming hot and large right above the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch Resort in Montecito.

Flames worked their way into the canyon after traveling from Carpinteria through Toro Canyon and then into nearby Romero Canyon.

It's a reality check about the growth of the Thomas Fire: a new command post has been established at Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley.

As the massive Thomas brush fire has continued to grow in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, it’s impacted more and more lives.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports people at a Carpinteria shopping plaza were comparing notes with friends and neighbors about the crisis, and what they think will happen next.

The Albertson’s parking lot off of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria was jammed with cars Sunday, even though some of the businesses like Starbucks were closed due to fire related power outages.

The Thomas fire has grown to 96,000 acres, and extended from Ventura County in to Santa Barbara County.

15,000 structures are reported to be at risk from the monster blaze which began Monday night.  A flareup of the blaze late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning led to the shutdown of Highway 101 from Ventura to Carpinteria, but it was reopened in both directions by around 7 a.m.

Southern California Edison says that when the Thomas Fire broke out Monday, the company had to cut power in many areas, both due to the fire's impact on the lines and because of concerns about firefighter's safety.

Major transmission lines were affected at Lake Ventura in Santa Barbara County.

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The Santa Ana winds have been relatively calm Wednesday morning, but the Thomas Fire is still growing as over 65,000 acres of land have been burned.

The fire jumped the 101 in the Fairia Beach Area and burned to the ocean overnight, though no homes were damaged.

The fire has forced some 50,000 people from their homes, with some residents of the city of Ventura barely having enough time to grab key items and flee.

Multiple evacuations are being enforced across the region.

LA County Fire Air Ops

There’s a new threat posed by another one of the brush fires in the region, with concern it may move from Los Angeles to Ventura County.

A fast-moving brush blaze called the Rye Canyon Fire erupted in Santa Clarita Tuesday morning, shutting down both directions of the 5 Freeway in the area.

It's estimated to be around 5000 acres.

The fire was burning north of Newhall Ranch Road and east of the 5 Freeway. Both directions of the 5 Freeway were shut down at Highway 126 due to the expanding blaze. The freeway reopened Tuesday afternoon.

As the Thomas Fire blazes in Ventura, another fire has popped up in Thousand Oaks.

The smaller fire has popped up in the 2000 block of Roadrunner Avenues, a gated community area.

The report described a two acre fire that officials identified with the potential to escalate to ten acres, depending on the wind conditions.

6 units have been called to the area, with an additional air support on the way.

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