There have 4 PM press conferences from Earl Warren Showgrounds each day offering updates and answering questions. Today was particularly poignant when Sheriff Brown read off the names and ages of the 17 deceased to date. Four of them were children starting at the age of three years old and spanning to 86.
The Army Corps of engineers is moving in with 100 pieces of equipment and the mandatory perimeter is being expanded to allow them more access in their attempt to put Montecito back together. The next two weeks will be busy around the clock while dry weather forecasts ensue.
Another body had been located in a mud filled home and crews were working to remove it before darkness fell. There will more than likely be more as secondary searches and inspections ensue throughout the 30 square miles of devastation.
A house is little defense against a ton plus boulder that's gained momentum rolling down the mountain with the force of water helping it..... they are finding houses with holes blasted through them. "War zone" is a pretty apt description.
Mother Nature, indeed. All of this reminds me the tenuous nature of life and to be sure to hug and tell your loved ones that you love them, etc, etc. Mike
Here is the epitaph containing moments after the Thomas Fire and the subsequent debris flow. The two were a tragedy in the making.