Santa Barbara County
Last Update: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:44 a.m. PDT
The Evacuation Warning for Paradise Road has been lifted. The Evacuation Orders for West Camino Cielo has been lifted to the Winchester Gun Club, including Kinevan Road. Rosario Park, all of Stagecoach Road and Cold Springs are now open as well. An Evacuation Warning remains for Cachuma Village and an Evacuation Order remans in effect for West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club to Refugio Road, from Calle Real north to West Camino Cielo, and from Winchester Canyon Road on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west. This includes all roads and trails within the area of the order.
Damage assessment teams have updated the number of structures damaged or destroyed. These structures were damaged or destroyed during the early hours of the fire. Damage assessment teams, using new software technology, completed the assessment. The incident would like to commend the damage assessment efforts of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management with regard to their efficient and ongoing operations. 16 residences destroyed, 1 residence damaged. 30 outbuildings destroyed, 6 outbuildings damaged.
All roads affected by the above Evacuation Orders are closed. Highway 154 has been reopened as of 5 PM on July 16, 2017.
Crews working on the eastern perimeter completed a containment line in Bear Creek Canyon, preventing the fire from crossing the creek. The fire continues backing down slope on the western and southern perimeters. The northern perimeter is transitioning to patrol and mop-up. Crews on the eastern perimeter are using bulldozers and hand-crews to build line and construct contingency lines. The southern perimeter is backing and is heavily influenced by the marine layer. Above the marine layer, expect active fire behavior; below the marine layer, minimal fire spread is expected due to high humidity. Fifteen water-dropping helicopters and four fixed-wing air tankers are supporting crews as needed to help cool hot spots.
The coastal section of the fire will see increasing onshore winds allowing some cooling on Monday and Tuesday. Dry and warm air will remain over the region today and Monday with temperatures and humidity trends showing little change over the mountains. Coastal areas of the fire will see increasing onshore winds, allowing for some cooling on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures near Santa Ynez peak are expected to reach 79.
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