UPDATED at 1:55 p.m. PST November 26, 2019
At an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday fire authorities said the Cave Fire at Santa Barbara, California had burned 4,262 acres. In addition to the 10 air tankers and 9 helicopters, 500 firefighters are working on the blaze.
The strong wind that drove the fire rapidly downhill toward the city Monday night slowed on Tuesday. Rain is expected to begin at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, but forecasters have backed off the two inches that was predicted through Thursday, cutting it in half, to about one inch. There is a chance of more rain this weekend.
Updated at 8:01 a.m. PST Nov. 26, 2019
The spread of the Cave Fire northwest of Santa Barbara, California slowed after midnight Monday night but it continued to grow actively near Painted Cave Road and had burned into the San Marcos Foothills Nature Preserve just north of the city limits of Santa Barbara.
At 7:34 a.m. PST Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reported, “4,100 acres with 0% containment. 600 firefighters assigned. No structures (homes) destroyed & no injuries.”
In the map above the red dots represent heat detected by a satellite orbiting 500 miles above the earth. The locations have not been confirmed by individuals closer to the ground. We expect to obtain slightly more accurate satellite data later Tuesday morning.
Originally published at 10:40 p.m. PST November 25, 2019
Firefighters are working to protect structures threatened by the Cave Fire that spread rapidly after it started northwest of Santa Barbara, California at 4 p.m. Monday. It was pushed by winds out of the north that increased from 5 mph to 16 mph, with gusts up to 30. At sunset a nearby weather station in San Marcos Pass recorded a temperature of 61 degrees with 16 percent relative humidity.
At 9:30 p.m. a fire department spokesperson said the fire had burned about 3,100 acres. It was about 4 miles west of the western edge of the 2017 Thomas Fire. (see map above)
Mike Eliason with Santa Barbara County Fire Department posted these photos Friday night that he said were taken in two locations, on E. Camino Cielo near Painted Cave Road and San Antonio Creek Road near Highway 154. We checked and those locations are three miles apart.
Evacuations have been ordered. The most current information can be found at https://readysbc.org/. An evacuation center is open in the Goleta Community Center at 5679 Hollister Avenue.
At least two night-flying helicopters are assisting firefighters on the ground by dropping water as the fire bumps up against structures near San Antonio Creek Road.
At 9 p.m. PST most of the fire was within the Los Padres National Forest (the green line on the map above) but was approaching the boundary to the south.
The weather forecast for the fire area calls for the wind to decrease Monday night from 21 mph with gusts at 31, down to 10 mph at 4 a.m. It should then continue to decrease through the day on Tuesday to 5 mph by sunset. Heavy rain is predicted to begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday and continue through Thursday, totaling about two inches.