Conflicting Evacuation Instructions May Have Impacted Most Who Perished in Montecito Mudslides

In the days before deadly mudslides devastated Montecito, Santa Barbara County officials released conflicting evacuation instructions that left some hard-hit neighborhoods out of the warning zone.

A Cal Fire firefighter looks through a car next to a Montecito home that was destroyed by a mudslide, Jan. 12, 2018. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office posted on its website and on Facebook a list of voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas for...

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