Over 100 homes in Montecito have been lost and thousands of acres burned in what is being called ‘The Tea House fire’ or the Tea Fire (depending on your source) because of the structure at the point of origin. Reporting for the LA Times is staffer Molly Hennessy-Fiske…who has yet to miss covering a fire in the Southland. Suspicious? Wasn’t Clark Kent always covering Super Man sightings?
Mansions and compounds literally exploded as we creeped south on the 101. The Santa Barbara radio stations faded out. I switched to the L.A. news stations, 1070 and 980, both of which were inexplicably reporting that the estates owned by Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe were safe. Idiots.
Hello, that’s how we roll in LA, have to report the important stuff first.
And as always, Craig Smith has plenty about it. His beat is literally burning.
(Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)