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The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is making free rooms available at its Hadsten House Inn & Spa in Solvang for those who had to flee the Thomas fire, a tribe spokesman said.

A limited number of rooms will be available Thursday through Sunday for Thomas fire evacuees, who should call Hadsten House toll-free at 800-457-5373 to see about securing a room.

“We had a discussion with (1st District) County Supervisor Das Williams, who has evacuees in his district, about how our tribe could help,” said Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman. “The best thing we can give right now is shelter, so we decided to offer the rooms we have available at our Hadsten House Inn & Spa.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been affected by this devastating fire” he added.

The Thomas Fire started about 6:30 p.m. Monday in Ventura County and quickly moved toward Santa Barbara County, charring more than 96,000 acres.

Carpinteria residents were forced to evacuate Thursday morning.

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“We need to come together as an entire Central Coast community to respond to the Thomas fire disaster,” Williams said. “It’s devastating to be evacuated in any situation, but the air quality on the South Coast and fires in L.A. County make it hard to find a safe and healthy place to go.

“Luckily, air quality in the Santa Ynez Valley is much better than other places,” he continued. “I’m grateful to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians for donating rooms to accommodate evacuees.”

Hadsten House Inn & Spa is located at 1450 Mission Drive.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at