Long-term wildfire evacuees face holidays away from home

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, CAL FIRE Inmate Firefighting Hand Crew members hike through the charred landscape on their way to work east of Gibraltar Road above Montecito, Calif., Tuesday. Officials estimate that the fire will grow to become the biggest in California history before full containment, expected by Jan. 7.

Curry Sawyer via AP

In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 photo provided by Curry Sawyer, Ray and Curry Sawyer pose at a hotel where they’re staying in Goleta, Calif. The Sawyers have been away from their home for 11 days because of a massive wildfire and may not be allowed back before Christmas, when both their sons and their families were supposed to celebrate the holidays.

LOS ANGELES — Ray and Curry Sawyer’s Christmas tree is up, still waiting for their grandkids to decorate it. The presents are hidden away in closets, waiting to be wrapped, the ingredients for gingerbread men are sitting in cupboards, and the kindling for the fireplace has been chopped.