EXPLOSIVE CAVE FIRE THREATENS HOMES IN SANTA BARBARA

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By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2019 (Santa Barbara) – The fast-moving #CaveFire that started shortly after 4  p.m. along Highway 154 in the Los Padres National Forest near Painted Cave has scorched over 3,100 acres, forcing evacutions. Homes are threatened and the fire is encroaching northern portions of the city of Santa Barbara and Goleta tonight, while many are without power due to a proactive utility shut-off.

View a map of the evacuation zone here:  https://sbcoem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ff627ef192de40b6b19c7c2718f59028

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for a large swath of land about five miles wide, including the area of Highway 154 east to Ontare Road and from Foothill Road to the top of Camino Cielo. An evacuation warning was issued for the area north of Foothill Road and from Ontare Road east to Gibraltar Road.

Spot fires are occurring, so if you know anyone in this area or are traveling there for the holiday week, be sure to check the most current updates on evacuations.

Shelter Location:

Goleta Valley Community Center

5679 Hollister Road. Goleta

Animal Sheltering: For Assistance, call Hotline: 805-681-4332

Small Animals:

Goleta Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Rd.

Large Animals:

Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

For current information on evacuations, shelters and other updates visit https://readysbc.org/.

As firefighters battle the wind-whipped blaze through the night, there is some promising news. Winds are forecast to die down tomorrow, with rain forecast tomorrow afternoon or evening.