Published: Thu, November 28, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Cave Fire continues to burn. 4330 acres, 10% contained

Cave Fire continues to burn. 4330 acres, 10% contained

A wildfire was racing toward populated areas around California's Santa Barbara city early Tuesday, moving county officials to order evacuations and ask for outside help to contain the blaze they say their firefighters can't handle alone.

As of midday Monday, no homes had been damaged or destroyed in the blaze, which burned more than 4,200 acres. The wildfire began at about 4:15 p.m. and as of 9 p.m., the Cave Fire burned approximately 3,000 acres with 0 percent containment.

Pasadena Fire deployed 11 personnel including a strike team leader, two fire engines and a water tender as part of Stroke Team 1202-A to support Santa Barbara County Fire Department units.

Earlier this month, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that "Extreme Fire Danger fire restrictions will go into effect immediately and remain in effect through December 31, 2019", on the park's official website.

The Cave Fire area is expected to get at least an inch of rainfall this week as a major storms bears down on California - prompting worries of mudslides below the burn scar area, like with the Thomas Fire in 2018.

The Cave Fire started just days ahead of forecasts of heavy rains in much of Southern California.

The office of Gov. Gavin Newsom also said it was monitoring the fire Monday.

A single outbuilding was as soon as the one property destroyed by noon and no injuries were reported, acknowledged SBCFD spokesman Daniel Bertucelli.

The fire was 10% contained Tuesday night after burning almost 7 square miles (17 ½ square kilometers), much of it in Los Padres National Forest.

The fire was mainly burning in the forest but evacuations were ordered in Goleta. Evacuation centers have been opened for displaced evacuated community members and animals. Winds were clocked at 30 miles per hour and forecasts called for occasional 60 to 70 miles per hour gusts into Tuesday morning, but rain was expected later in the day.

Painted Cave to Camino Cielo, Highway 154 east to Ontare Road.

Small Animals: Goleta Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Rd.

"If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any time, do not wait, leave the area and move outside the Fire Evacuation Order and Debris Flow Evacuation Warning area", read an alert issued by authorities. (Santa Barbara County Fire) An L.A. County Firehawk helicopter makes a water drop on flames off CA Highway 154 north of Foothill Rd.

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