Rey Fire Incident Update
Santa Barbara, Calif., August 22, 2016, 8:00 a.m.—For Immediate Release.
Crews made significant progress yesterday and secured the containment line at the western flank of the Rey Fire and Horse Canyon, giving firefighters a secure anchor point to work from. Crews worked to improve the line near Old Man Mountain to extend the containment in the northern area. The fire continued to move east throughout the night just beyond Little Pine Mountain toward Buckhorn Creek.
The fire is 23,546 acres and is 20% contained with 1,290 personnel.
Today, the fire is expected to continue to display extreme fire behavior due to dry vegetation and easily combustible fuels due to ongoing drought conditions. People can expect to see smoke and ashfall in Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpenteria for the next couple of days as the fire grows east/northeast towards the Dick Smith Wilderness. Crews will be constructing indirect line on the east side near Mono Creek.
East Camino Cielo Road will be closed to all traffic at the junctions of Painted Cave Road and Gibralter Road for the safety of firefighter personnel and equipment movement. An evacuation order remains in effect for the Paradise Road recreation areas, parts of Stagecoach Road and the Los Prietos Boys Camp. Paradise Road remains closed. Campgrounds will remain closed through the weekend. Highway 154 is open to traffic.
The Rey Fire started on August 18 at White Rock Day Use Area along Paradise Road in the Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District. Smoke continues to be visible from the Santa Barbara area, Highway 101, and Santa Ynez Valley.
Level Three Fire restrictions remain in effect for the Los Padres National Forest. More information on how you can prevent wildfires can be found at www.preventwildfireca.org.
Large animal evacuation (805) 681-4332
For more information about the Rey Fire, call (805) 364-2738 or email email@example.com.
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