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Evacuations continue as lake fire burns thousands of acres in Santa Barbara County

Evacuations continue as lake fire burns thousands of acres in Santa Barbara County

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Nearly 3,000 firefighters from across Southern California are camping in Santa Maria to fight the lake fire in the Santa Ynez Valley.

As of Wednesday, the Lake Fire has burned 29,987 acres and is 16% contained. Three firefighters were injured in their efforts to extinguish the fire.

According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, about 1,500 people were evacuated.

Firefighters are working to prevent the fire from spreading to more populated areas. For more details and tips on preparing for fire evacuations, visit ReadySbc.org.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has Evacuation orders for the following areas:

  • All areas from Figueroa Mountain Road at Junction Camp (including Tunnel Rd) to Chamberlin Ranch
  • All areas from Zaca Lake Rd at Foxen Canyon Road north to the Sisquoc River, including east of Foxen Canyon Road to the 9000 block.
  • Figueroa Mountain Road from Grass Mountain Trail. Drive to the district in Sawmill Basin, including Tunnel Road and Figueroa Campground.
  • The Woodstock and Goat Rock areas, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon, and south of Cachuma Mountain.

Currently Evacuation warnings The following provisions apply to the following areas:

  • Areas north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Road, west of Happy Canyon and south of the Sisquoc River.
  • Areas east of Foxen Canyon Road and south of the Sisquoc River not covered by the above evacuation order
  • Areas north and east of Alisos Road, west of Cachuma Creek, and south of the US Forest Service entrance on Happy Canyon Road
  • The area begins at the southern end of Cachuma Creek, northeast of Santa Cruz Peak, west through Grand Spring and to the northern part of Cachuma Creek

Despite evacuation warnings that also affect Highway 154, it remains open, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

For current air quality information in Santa Barbara County, visit the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District website.

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