The Jesusita Fire continues to burn in Santa Barbara. The blaze, which started Tuesday afternoon in the Cathedral Peak area, is only 10 percent contained and has consumed 3,500 acres.
According to a CNN report, Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Tom Franklin said the fire displayed a “roller coaster effect” because of the changing weather patterns.
“It starts off, looks kind of calm, thinking we’re getting the upper hand, turns out we’re not,” Franklin said. “As unpredictable as the weather can be, that’s about as unpredictable as the fire is going to be.”
The latest information:
• Damage assessment in progress
initial estimate of 75 homes damaged or destroyed
• 12,204 properties evacuated (mandatory evacuation orders);
affects approx. 30,500 people
• 9,188 properties under evacuation warning;
approx. 23,000 people affected
• Residences threatened – 3500; commercial properties threatened – 100
• 2,335 personnel on scene: 246 Engines, 62 crews
• 14 air tankers and 15 helicopters
• 11 firefighter injuries
• Cause under investigation: Tip line – 805-686-5074
• Air quality warning remains in effect
• Estimated costs to date $2.6 million
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for properties west of the existing evacuation area (go to www.countyofsb.org for map), all areas north of Highway 101 and east of Patterson Avenue.
An evacuation warning has been issued for the area north of Highway 101 between patterson Avenue and Fairview Avenue continuing north from the end of Fairview Avenue to West Camino Circle (northern boundary).
Los Angeles County Fire has sent three Type I engine strike teams, four hand crew strike teams, two helicopters and one OES Type 3 strike team to assist in firefighting efforts.
Three Ventura County firefighters were seriously injured Wednesday when their engine was engulfed in flames. The three were airlifted to Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, where they remain.
Two civilians were injured when they were trying to escape from their homes.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County on Wednesday, which qualifies the area for Federal Emergency Management Administration funding.
Downtown Santa Barbara has been evacuated.
The fire has not yet reached the Ventura County line.
For more information go to the County’s website at www.CountyofSB.org
The Jesusita Fire Call Center number is 805-681-5197. The Animal Services Hotline is 805- 681-4332.
Large animals can be taken to:
Earl Warren Showgrounds – Los Positas entrance
3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara
Small animals can be taken to:
Santa Barbara Humane Society
5399 Overpass Road in Goleta