Road Closures: Closure remains in effect for Paradise Road and the lower Santa Ynez recreation area involving multiple trails and campgrounds.
|A British Aerospace BAe-146 VLAT makes a drop of fire retardant on the fire.|
Photo by MIKE ELIASON/SB COUNTY FIRE DEPT
The White Fire started Monday, May 27, 2013 at approximately 2:45 pm. Currently the fire has burned 1800 plus acres and is threatening 50 residence, 5 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings and other structures. The fire is 10% contained. Paradise Road was evacuated this afternoon. According to Sheriff Department officials, two to three thousand people were evacuated. A structure protection group is in place along Paradise Road. There is a hard closure of Paradise Road starting at the Forest Service kiosk. Today there were 6 air tankers, 2 air attacks and 4 helicopters conducting aerial attack, however at approximately 5 pm, the air tankers were grounded due to high winds. All are expected to resume aerial attack tomorrow morning. The fire went through Sage Hill Campground but the damage is unknown at this time. The fire also went through the Forest Service compound and damaged one building and one privately owned vehicle and destroyed another vehicle.
Cooperating agencies include: US Forest Service, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara City, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire, Montecito Fire, Lompoc Fire, Santa Maria City Fire, Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department, San Marcos Volunteer Fire Department, Chumash Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and the American Red Cross.
Update 5-27-13 1900: 850 acres, 10% contained. Ty 2 team (Nunez) ordered
Fuels: Chaparral, grass, brush and trees