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EVACUATION ORDER for Areas Below Sherpa/Whittier and Thomas Burn Areas

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER due to the approach of a rainstorm the National Weather Service forecast to be capable of producing debris flows in Santa Barbara County below burn areas. The evacuation order is in effect from Tuesday January 15, 2019 commencing at 10:00 AM. This evacuation order applies to debris flow risk location below the Sherpa/Whittier and Thomas fires burn areas. Go to the evacuation order map now posted on for specific evacuation order locations. The storm is expected to subside Tuesday night, another storm of similar intensity is expected to arrive Wednesday evening.

While the evacuation order is for tomorrow morning, now is the time to gather family members, pets, and essential items so that you can evacuate no later than 10:00 AM. In the event of a significant debris flow, people living adjacent to the evacuation order areas, particularly in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, could become stranded if roads become damaged or impassible. Residents in these adjacent areas should be prepared for this possibility and consider leaving the area during the evacuation.

Red Cross Evacuation Center will be located at Goleta Valley Community Center at 5679 Hollister Ave in Goleta, CA.

People who need assistance evacuating animals should contact the Animal Hotline: 805-681-4332
Cats/dogs: Santa Barbara Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Road
Other types of small animals: Santa Barbara County Animal Services, 5473 Overpass Road
Large Animals: Earl Warren Showgrounds (staffed by Equine Evac)

The following schools will be closed: El Montecito Pre-School and Crane Country Day School.
Lady of Mount Carmel, Montecito Union School and Laguna Blanca Lower School will have school at alternate sites.
All other schools, including Carpinteria Unified Schools, will remain open.

If you need assistance, please call our Emergency Call Center at 833-688-5551

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