Santa Barbara- S County

Montecito fire releases audio of 911 calls during deadly mudslides

MONTECITO, Calif. - Montecito Fire Protection District has released three harrowing 911 calls from the early hours of the deadly Montecito mudslides.

The calls offer an in-person glimpse of the first terrifying moments from that devastating morning.

One call comes from a woman reporting the huge fireball that lit up the dark sky early that morning. 

Another call tells the story of a man frantically attempting to get his wife and daughter evacuated from their home on East Valley Road. 

A third call comes from a woman in Wisconsin who received an email from her son who was trapped in the kitchen of their Montecito home.

Tonight during our 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts, we will air the powerful audio from that fateful night. 

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