Even those who didn't lose their homes in the disaster that left at least 17 people dead were told to leave for up to two weeks so they wouldn't interfere with the rescue and recovery operation in the Southern California town of 9,000. The dead range in age from 3 to 89.
Earlier, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department incorrectly reported 48 people were missing, citing a clerical error... In addition, there are at least 28 people who were injured by the storm and 8 people who are presumed missing.
For truckers driving south, the San Paso Truck Stop at the Wellsona Road-Highway 101 intersection is one of the last waystations before they would need to exit Highway 101.
DeGeneres detailed the mandatory evacuations that she and wife Portia de Rossi undertook during both the fires and the mudslides, noting that families of all backgrounds were, and continue to be, affected.
A 14-year-old girl was rescued on Wednesday. The border collie, now 12 years old, had been dumped by his owners at a shelter and was about to be euthanized when he was taken in by the SDF.
The cause of Mr Bleckel's death wasn't announced, but all other victims died from multiple traumatic injuries due to a flash flood and mudslides.
A backhoe scooped up mud and rocks around buckled and flattened homes, while bulldozers cleared roads of tangled trees, muck and boulders.
Authorities had said late Thursday that approximately 43 people were unaccounted for, but a lot of them have since been reported safe, according to Chris Elms, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
In updating the missing figure, Brown said that the precise number could fluctuate significantly.
The Bay Area firefighters are among hundreds of rescue workers from around the state searching through mud for victims and survivors. Although TV weathercasters had warned that an approaching winter storm could dump an inch of rain an hour, the area where they lived was under only voluntary evacuation orders.
Marco Farrell, recorded the deluge of brown, muddy water come crashing past his home, dragging debris from destroyed houses and cars with it.
"We're going to tear them apart piece by piece and search each pile thoroughly and make sure there's nobody in there", Henzgen said.
"We sent out many, many, many alerts", Lewin said.
It could include everything from urgent, active missing-persons cases being worked by detectives to calls received from acquaintances saying they hadn't been able to reach someone they believe was in Montecito on Tuesday morning. The Thomas Fire - the 282,000-acre monster blaze that burned an area the size of Dallas and Miami combined - is still burning, listed at 92% contained by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
"We'll just be here", Abbe Shaw said as she walked back to their house.
Interjected her husband with a smile: "And if it gets bad, we've got all those chickens". "We can't get in, we can't get out unless you get escorted by the police", Montecito resident Matt McAllister said.