Wind-Driven Cave Fire Explodes In Santa Barbara

A Santa Barbara County firefighter battles flames along CA Hwy-154 near San Antonio Creek Rd Monday night. (Courtesy of Santa Barbara County Fire)

A fire that broke out in the late afternoon Monday in the hills north of Foothill Road in Santa Barbara quickly spread to more than two thousand acres, as authorities scrambled to expand mandatory evacuation orders.

The Cave Fire was first reported shortly after 4 p.m. as a vegetation fire on E. Camino Cielo near Painted Cave. The first evacuation orders were issued when the fire was still small — about 15 acres — when authorities at the scene reported it as a wind-driven fire making its way "down canyon."

Local media reports quoted fire officials saying the fire had burned more than 3,100 acres, with zero containment, as of 9:30 p.m.

The fire started just days ahead of forecasts of heavy rains in much of Southern California.

Here are some resources for the most current information:

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation orders have been changing quickly with this fire. See real-time evacuation maps here >>

Our friends at the Los Angeles Times also have an updating map of the Cave Fire >>

EVACUATION CENTERS

For people:

  • Goleta Valley Community Center 5679 Hollister Road, Goleta :

For animals:

  • Hotline: 805-681-4332
  • Small Animals: Goleta Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Rd., Goleta
  • Large Animals: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara


WEATHER CONDITIONS

SCENES ON THE GROUND

An L.A. County Firehawk helicopter makes a water drop on flames off CA Highway 154 north of Foothill Rd. (Courtesy of Santa Barbara County Fire)

HOW WE'RE REPORTING ON THIS

This is a developing story. We will have reporters at the scene of the fire Tuesday starting at 6 a.m. with Jacob Margolis and followed by Sharon McNary later in the morning. In addition, KPCC producers for Morning Edition will be reporting from the station.

FIRE RESOURCES

This story originally published at 9:15 p.m.

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