Santa Barbara fire: places to check in with your pets
Attention evacuees: If you have had to leave home with your animals, Jen Leo at our Daily Travel & Deal Blog provides a handy roundup of pet-friendly Santa Barbara-area motels — and she called to see if they had vacancies:
@AnthonyLongoria is twittering about the Santa Barbara fire. One tweet led to his blog with a list of Santa Barbara hotels that accept pets. I’m showing his full list (cleaned for current phone numbers), but have called each hotel to find out if they still have vacancies, and if so, their current rates.
Note that the hoteliers are trying their best to get in touch with previously booked guests so that they can make room for fire evacuees. If a hotel is booked up now, it might have a room open in a few hours.
Of the 15-plus hotels I called, one kind woman was opening up her accommodations for free to fire victims. Other hotels have lowered their rates and/or waived pet fees.
Map: The Times is tracking the path of the Jesusita fire on a Google map.
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Photos: From the scene
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