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Oprah Winfrey, Billionaire Ty Warner Host Party For Disaster First Responders in Montecito

Media star and Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey, along with Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner, have professed their thanks to first responders after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudflow.

They held a private party and dinner at the San Ysidro Ranch in the Montecito foothills last weekend for more than 100 firefighters and special guests at the exclusive location.

The ranch had hoped to have their Stonehaus restaurant opened by June, though it will take longer for the private cottages damaged by the rocks and overflowing creek nearby.

Oprah thanked the firefighters after meeting with the volunteer bucket brigade at a mud-covered site earlier in the day.