Rain aids containment of Cave Fire

Evacuees could be back in their homes by the end of the day Wednesday

map Cave Fire November 26 2019
Map of the Cave Fire, November 26, 2019. Produced by the incident management team. Notations in blue by Wildfire Today.

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.

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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.

Rainbow Cave Fire
Rainbow over the Cave Fire near Painted Cave Road Wednesday morning. Mike Eliason photo for SBCFD.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

2 thoughts on “Rain aids containment of Cave Fire”

  1. I may have taken me a while to find this page, but thanks for the info, especially the division map.
    I’ve bookmarked the site for future reference.

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