Another wildfire in California has forced thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County to evacuate. The Cave Fire started in the hills northwest of Santa Barbara near Goleta, and has charred more than 4,000 acres of Los Padres National Forest since igniting late Monday afternoon, CNN reports

The fire is being fueled by high winds, gusting up to 82 miles per hour, and was 0 percent contained as of early Tuesday, according to Santa Barbara County Fire. The flames are reportedly threatening structures and advancing towards the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, which host populations of around 92,000 and 31,000, respectively. 

County officials have declared a local state of emergency and ordered evacuations for roughly 6,000 residents. Local fire crews, overwhelmed by the flames, requested help from firefighters outside the area. As of Tuesday morning roughly 600 firefighters were on the scene, along with aerial support from water tank-toting airplanes and helicopters. Evacuation warnings and orders issued Monday night applied to the areas north of Santa Barbara on alongside California State Route 154.

So far no homes have been burned, but the Cave Fire is also threatening utility company Southern California Edison's main transmission lines which service the southern part of Santa Barbara County. 

 

Published on Nov 26, 2019