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Rey Fire Incident Update

By Joyce Reed
Aug 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Rey Fire Incident Update

Santa Barbara, Calif., August 23, 2016, 8:00 a.m.—For Immediate Release. The fire remains active, spreading primarily to the east and north. The fire moderated overnight as good humidity recoveries aided in slowing the rate of spread. The fire has reached the Zaca Fire scar in the northeast which is slowing growth. On the east side, firefighters are using existing infrastructure (roads and old dozer line) to construct containment lines near Mono Creek. People can expect to see smoke and ash fall in Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpenteria for the next couple of days as the fire grows east/northeast towards the Dick Smith Wilderness. 

The fire is 29,664 acres and is 30% contained with 1,428 personnel assigned.

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. Paradise Road remains closed. An evacuation order remains in effect for the Paradise Road recreation areas, parts of Stagecoach Road and the Los Prietos Boys Camp as well as multiple ranches in the surrounding fire área.

There are 42 hand crews, 62 engines, 21 dozers, 29 water tenders working the fire. The air resources include 16 helicopters, 6 air tankers, and 2 VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) assigned to the fire today

Individuals and organizations that fly drones for hobby may not opérate them in áreas that have temporary flight restrictions. Remember, “If You Fly, We Can’t.” For more information please visit

Level Four Fire restrictions remain in effect for the Los Padres National Forest. More information on how you can prevent wildfires can be found at

For information on smoke in the región, please visit the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District at

Large animal evacuation (805) 681-4332.

For more information about the Rey Fire, call (805) 364-2738 or email [email protected].

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