SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Santa Barbara City Fire announced the Loma Fire is now 100 percent contained Monday evening.
After a 2:30 p.m. meeting among the City Fire Department heads, they announced that the Loma Fire is now considered fully contained. Firefighters will continue to patrol the area through Tuesday evening.
They anticipate Loma Alta Drive will remain closed until 8 a.m. next Monday, May 31. City firefighters are still cleaning up any damage in the roadways while Santa Barbara City Streets engineers are developing a plan to mitigate the hazards from the falling hillside. The road will be opened when it is safe to do so.
Santa Barbara’s Westside glowed a hot orange as 9 acres burned in the Loma Fire on Thursday.
Fire officials estimate the fire started Thursday evening around 8:55 p.m. They said within minutes of locating the fire, just above Loma Alta Drive, flames had reached the ridge of TV Hill. By Saturday, it had burned about nine acres of hillside.
Fire crews fought courageously in winds up to 55 mph. So far, only three properties have reported damage including the outskirts of KEYT’s studios and two homes. No injuries have been reported.