UPDATED: OCTOBER 17th 5:25PM
As of 5PM this evening, the mandatory evacuation of the Painted Cave Community is lifted and residents may return upon verification of address with valid identification. Please be aware that conditions may change rapidly and residents should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Mandatory Evacuations Ordered During Fire
Painted Cave, Santa Barbara- October 17th, 2012
On October 17, 2012 at 7:46 am, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Search and Rescue personnel, responded to a vegetation fire in the Painted Cave area near Highway 154. Members of the US Forest Service, the California Highway Patrol, Montecito Fire Department, and the Santa Barbara City Fire Department also responded.
As the Fire spread throughout the morning, Search and Rescue crews along with Sheriffs Deputies went door to door evacuating residents in the Painted Cave community. At approximately 8:48am, a reverse 911 call was sent out to notify residents of the fire and the mandatory evacuation order. About 100 homes were threatened and the evacuations were completed several hours later.
The Painted Cave area is still under a mandatory evacuation order at this time. The Trout Club and Hidden Valley communities are under an evacuation warning only. The Santa Barbara Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at 300 north Turnpike Rd. (SBCC Wake Center) for people who are seeking shelter as a result of this fire.
The Evacuated areas will be aggressively patrolled by Sheriff’s Deputies during this mandatory evacuation order. Those who are found without lawful purpose in the evacuated areas are subject to citation or arrest per California Penal Code 409.5(c) Willfully entering an area that is closed due to a Fire.
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