Rain Could Bring Mud Slides to Area of Cave Fire

Ameera Butt
November 27, 2019 - 7:18 am
Santa Barbara County Fire Info Twitter

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Overnight rain helped the situation of the Cave Fire burning in Santa Barbara Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, Santa Barbara Fire County Info said on Twitter that "..repopulation plans are being evaluated and all should be in their homes later today and in time for Thanksgiving."

Earlier this week, a wind-driven fire in Santa Barbara County forced several thousand from their homes. About 4,330 acres have burned in the Cave Fire with 10 % containment so far, as of Wednesday.

Officials are now wary of possible mudslides because of the rain. Highway 154 will remain closed.

By Tuesday afternoon, many of the evacuation orders have been lifted. An approaching storm is bringing hope that rain will extinguish the flames.

About 2,400 homes and other buildings are being threatened in the Goleta area in Santa Barbara. 

There are voluntary evacuation orders below the burn zone because of possible mudslides and debris flow. Officials are warning people to get out of the area if they feel uncomfortable. 

No structures were destroyed.

The fire started burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains east of the intersection of State Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo Road. 

It's still no known what sparked the fire, but first responders surmise climate change is at the center of fueling the blazes. With rain expected in the coming days, the next threat could be mudslides.

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