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People In Santa Barbara County Fire Zones Try To Stay Optimistic During Crisis

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People pick up free masks at Carpinteria shopping center

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.

With smoke in the air…ashes on the ground, people like Mike Reese say they are only focused on one thing, the fire. Fellow Carpinteria resident Al Clark says you have to be practical about the situation, and have a plan on how to deal with the disruption.  While most people at the plaza say they are concerned, there was a lot of optimism the community will get through the crisis in good shape.

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