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Firefighters thankful as Cave Fire burns out

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Kelli Alexandra Tenis


Firefighters had a chance to take in the sunset after the the Cave Fire burned along some of the highest ridges in Santa Barbara county.

They seem resolved to get the job done even if it means working through the Thanksgiving holiday week.

Nick Barthe of Thousand Oaks said, "We are just thankful for family, friends, working in such a nice area, you know, happy that everyone was able to stay safe out here and thankful to be here."

Thankful is a timely word to describe how residents feel

Peter Foltz who survivied the 1990 Painted Cave fire too called the firefighters amazing.

Roomates on the edge of the evacuation area captured the moment when they jumped in their hot tube wearing protective masks.

Kelli Alexandra Tenis said, "I've been through a lot of evacuations, a lot of fires and the mudslide in Montecito and we have a saying; Santa Barbara's the new normal, so we are trying to normalize it, and we did pack our bags and were ready to go just in case."

Amber O'Rourke said, " You've got to be able to find funny in hard situations, if you don't laugh you will cry."

Crews spent the evening putting out hot spots in areas where air tankers left their colorful mark.

They are ready to respond to the next


Tracy Lehr

Tracy Lehr is a reporter and the weekend anchor of KCOY|KEYT|KKFX.


1 Comment

  1. When you say “Fire burned out”, do you mean the fire is out or out in certain areas. I live in NorCal and we’re having snow, so I was thinking you may have gotten some rain

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