A blaze in Santa Barbara forced evacuation of thousands

A blaze that started Monday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Southern California,  near East Camino Cielo and Painted Cave Road in the Los Padres National Forest has burned more than 4,300 acres, threatening now several thousand residents.

The wind-driven brush fire was 10% contained on Tuesday. The fire prompted Santa Barbara County officials to declare a local emergency and request that Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaim a state of emergency for the region. About 600 firefighters are on the scene. Ten fixed-wing tankers and nine helicopters were expected to arrive in the area. Mutual aid started to arrive from neighboring counties to help. Engine teams were embedded in neighborhoods to defend homes in the fire’s path. Containment lines were created around the perimeter of the blaze. 


No injuries or destroyed homes have been reported. The area last burned more than two dozen years ago. The Cave fire is burning under some of the toughest firefighting conditions anywhere in the world," Jim Harris, fire chief at the Los Padres National Forest, told media. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Later, thousands were allowed to return.