10:01 a.m. PST November 27, 2019
The predicted rain that would stop the spread of the Cave Fire near Santa Barbara arrived at 2 a.m. Wednesday, four hours after it was expected, but by 9 a.m. had accumulated 0.87 inch in the weather station in San Marcos Pass. An additional 1.3″ through Thursday night is in the forecast.
Mike Eliason, an Information Officer for Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said Wednesday morning that there is a slight chance of snow in the higher elevations of the fire. The lowest edge of the fire at Santa Barbara is at 300 feet, but the ridge near the north side rises to 3,500 feet.
Plans to repopulate evacuated areas are under evaluation. Mr. Eliason said everyone should be back in their homes by the end of the day on Wednesday.
The latest mapping puts the fire at 4,330 acres. There are still residual smokes visible and Highway 154, with fire on both sides, remains closed. Demobilization of firefighters will begin today.
Well over 90 percent of the fire is on land managed by the Los Padres National Forest, but the suppression was carried out by a unified command also representing Santa Barbara County and CAL FIRE.