La Brea fire update, August 13, 10:25 p.m.

Photo: David I. Gross

The fire continues to expand, especially on the west side where it has crossed La Brea Creek and is now in Bear Canyon. It burned at least another 10,000 acres on Thursday for a total of 48,457 acres.

Here is a map of the La Brea fire, showing heat detected by satellites at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. The red areas have burned within the previous 12 hours. We will post an updated map when it becomes available.


Crews began a burnout operation late on Thursday on the west side using a helitorch, burning along dozer lines from the Colson Peak area and working toward the northwest. Their plans were to keep burning into the night as long as weather and fuel conditions were favorable.

Firefighters have a massive amount of tools, resources, and equipment available on this fire, including:

  • 90 crews
  • 59 dozers
  • 25 helicopters
  • 1,859 total personnel

Evacuation information is available at the Santa Barbara Fire Department site HERE.

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