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GIBRALTAR INCIDENT BRUSH FIRE EVACUATION WARNINGS / ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE 4:30PM

By Montecito Staff
Oct 29, 2015 at 04:48 PM

EVACUATION WARNINGS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL 8:00 AM FRIDAY, 10/30/2015 FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

  • North of Hwy 192, East of Coyote Road, West of Buena Vista,  South of East Camino Cielo. (Evacuation Zones 2, 3, 4, and 5 )

ROAD CLOSURES: East Camino Cielo at Painted Cave Road to Gibraltar Road and W. Mountain Drive at Gibraltar Road.

DATE AND TIME OF OCCURRENCE:  October 29, 2015 at 5:16 am (call time). First equipment on scene at 6:09 am.

ACRES: Estimated to be 50 acres as of 4:30 PM. Reduction in size due to improved intel from air resources and field observers.

CONTAINMENT: 10%

UNIFIED COMMAND: US Forest Service, Montecito Fire,, Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara City Fire, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

LOCATION OF FIRE: The fire continues to burn in the Los Padres National Forest, 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak.

INCIDENT COMMAND POST: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:  Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. The fire is a wind driven fire, 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak. Active fire burning  is approximately 3-5 miles from the most populated areas. The threat to fire spread remains until the winds subside.

EQUIPMENT ENGAGED AT THE INCIDENT: 10 helicopters, 20 engines, 4 dozers, 5 water tenders, 8 hand crews and approximately 520 personnel.

Earlier today, ten air tankers and a DC10 dropped over 85,000 gallons of fire retardant around the entire perimeter of the fire. 

50 engines are staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds and four air tankers remain on stand by at Santa Maria Airport.

Area Fire Chiefs were briefed yesterday from meteorologists concerning the forecasts for the area and sundowner wind conditions, and had increased readiness staffing to better meet the threat.

Agencies involved include: Montecito Fire District, Santa Barbara County Fire, United States Forest Service, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire, Santa Barbara City Fire, Cal FIRE, Vandenberg AFB, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department, Santa Barbara City Police and CHP.

No evacuation center has been established at this time, however, Red Cross is on stand- by if needed.

Please tune to AM 1610 or the following links for ongoing updates:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4647/

http://www.montecitofire.com

https://local.nixle.com/montecito-fire-protection-district/

http://www.sbcfire.com

http://local.nixle.com/santa-barbara-county-office-of-emergency-management/

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