Wind-Driven Cave Fire Explodes In Santa Barbara
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:
- Santa Barbara County Fire's public information Twitter >>
- Santa Barbara Sheriff's official Twitter account >>
- Santa Barbara County's official Twitter account >>
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 >>
- Goleta Valley Community Center 5679 Hollister Road, Goleta :
- Hotline: 805-681-4332
- Small Animals: Goleta Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Rd., Goleta
- Large Animals: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara
Weather update: San Marcos Pass RAWS: Winds NNW 16 mph w/gusts to 31 mph. RH 15%. Similar conditions on Camino Cielo Rd. #SBAweather #CAwx #SoCal— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 26, 2019
Current conditions near the #CaveFire #CaminoFire: NW winds 5-8 mph, gusts up to 27 mph. RH around 14%. #SBAweather #CAwx #SoCal— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 26, 2019
SCENES ON THE GROUND
#CaveFire- An Los Angeles County Firehawk copter makes a water drop on flames off CA Highway 154 north of Foothill Rd. pic.twitter.com/fTsXLBKkLI— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) November 26, 2019
#CaveFire- Burning in the Los Padres NF on E. Camino Cielo near Painted Cave. SBC Dozer 1 building a line down hill from Camino Cielo. pic.twitter.com/1m3NQxcPTU— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) November 26, 2019
Here’s a three hour time lapse of the #CaveFire in Santa Barbara County. The fire is estimated at 3,000+ acres.— 805 News Relay (@805NewsRelay) November 26, 2019
(VIDEO FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON’S SANTA BARBARA MESA CAMERA) pic.twitter.com/X8N9ajfBk6
#CaveFire- SBC FF Ryan Lynch battles flames off San Antonio Creek Rd near CA Hwy-154 Friday night. pic.twitter.com/kEtS16cvwG— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) November 26, 2019
#CaveFire- SBC assisting #LPNF with a vegetation fire on E. Camino Cielo near Painted Cave. IC reports 15 acres wind driven down canyon. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered. C/T 4:13 pic.twitter.com/gkiIJtrw6i— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) November 26, 2019
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.
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This story originally published at 9:15 p.m.
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