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Lake Fire: More than 37,400 acres burned, evacuation orders and warnings issued

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The largest wildfire in California so far this year, the Lake Fire, entered week two Friday evening.

The US Forest Service says, the fire is split into a north and south zone. As of Saturday morning the fire has grown to 37,472 and is now 19% contained. More than 3,000 personnel are combating the fire.

The Lake Fire started Friday, July 5th around 3:45 p.m. in the area of Zaca Lake and Santa Lucia Road, according to the Los Padres National Forest. Since then, more than 2,000 people have been evacuated, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday July 12th, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local state of emergency due to the Lake Fire that is currently threatening communities in Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, including ranches, farms, homes, campgrounds and Highway's 154 and 176.

The proclamation was executed by Santa Barbara County Executive Officer and Director of Emergency Services Mona Miyasato. The proclamation will be taken to the Board of Supervisors for ratification on Tuesday.

“The July 2024 Lake Fire is still burning and continuing to create dangerous conditions to the safety and well-being of persons and property within Santa Barbara County," said Miyasato. "In addition, the longer this emergency goes on the greater impact it will have on the economy of our county."

Evacuation Orders and Warnings

An interactive map from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management shows, the latest extent of evacuation orders (highlighted in red) and evacuation warnings (highlighted in orange). This map is updated throughout the day.

Courtesy: Santa Barbara County OEM

Current evacuation orders:

  • Most Recent: Area of KP Ranch west of Alisos Road, including parts of Estelle Vineyard Drive, Santa Agueda Creek, and Brinkerhoff Avenue.
  • Most Recent: Area east of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, south of the Los Padres National Forest boundary, and north of the Sisquoc River.
  • Woodstock areas north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Rd., west of Happy Canyon, and south of the Sisquoc River.
  • Goat Rock areas east of Figueroa Creek, north of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road, and south of Cachuma Mountain
  • SB Ranger area (remote forest area) east of Goat Rock
  • Parts of the Figueroa Mountain area: south of Tunnel House at Sisquoc River, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the southern end of Cachuma Mountain, and west of Los Padres National Forest 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.

Current evacuation warnings:

  • Most Recent: Area between 8721 Foxen Canyon Road and the intersection of Zaca Lake Road and Foxen Canyon Road. Foxen Canyon Road is this area is back open.
  • South end of Cachuma Creek, northeast of Santa Cruz Creek to Santa Cruz Peak, west through Grand Spring, and to the northern part of Cachuma Creek.
  • East and north of Alisos Rd (L-shaped road), west of Cachuma Creek, and south of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road.
  • east of Highway 154, north of Armour Ranch Road/Secretariate St., west of Alisos Rd, and south of the Woodstock and KP Ranch areas.
  • North of Zaca Creek Road to Rancho Sisquoc and south of the Sisquoc River.
  • Area east of Figueroa Mountain Road, north of Highway 154, west of Calzada Ave/W Oak Trail Rd and south of Woodstock Rd.

Road Closures and Reopenings

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department says, as of July 12, Foxen Canyon from Zaca Station Road to Tepusquet Road is now open.

Despite evacuation warnings reaching to Highway 154, the Highway remains open detailed the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.

Road closures:

  • Calzada Avenue at Roblar
  • Figueroa Mountain Road at 1/2 mile north of Highway 154
  • Brinkerhoff Avenue at Roblar
  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary

For the latest information about evacuation orders and warnings visit the county's incident page.

Prior Reporting

On Tuesday, the unified response to the fire shared that significant fire activity happened overnight largely on the south-east section of the fire and the emphasis of fire crews is to prevent the spread of flames south towards more populated areas.

The resulting smoke caused an expansion of evacuation orders and warnings issued Tuesday and there have now been three, non-life-threatening injuries for firefighters involved reported the unified fire response as of Wednesday.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department shared that sandwich boards have been set up in the Santa Ynez Valley to inform the public of the latest information.

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The Red Cross has set up an evacuation shelter as of Sunday afternoon at the Solvang Veterans Memorial at 1745 Mission Drive, providing shelter, water, and food for evacuees.

For the latest information about air quality across Santa Barbara County, visit the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District webpage.

Officials with the Los Padres National Forest direct the public to this information page for the latest on the Lake Fire.

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The National Weather Service's Los Angeles office issued a fire weather watch in effect through the night of Tuesday, Jun. 9.

The Lake Fire had burned at least 28,817 acres as of Tuesday evening and sent up large plumes of smoke that could be seen across southern Santa Barbara County.

Several roads have also been closed due to the fire including Foxen Canyon Road from Alisos Canyon Road to Zaca Station Road. Happy Canyon Road has also been closed at the forest boundary, according to the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department.

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Agricultural passes are also available to those in evacuation areas and temporary passes can be found on the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner's Office website.

Those with large animals that require evacuation can also fill out a mutual aid form online courtesy of Santa Barbara County Animal Services.

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According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the Zaca Lake Resort was evacuated as part of the response.

The tweet below from the National Weather Service's Los Angeles station details the weather conditions in the area on Friday afternoon when the fire broke out.

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This is an evolving emergency fire response and more information will be added to this article as it becomes available.

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