Cave Fire Update - November 27, 2019

Contact(s): Andrew Madsen (805) 895-0841

November 27, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Start Date: Nov. 25, 2019    

Cause: Unknown   

Size: 4,330 acres  

Containment: 20%   

Personnel: 886

Structures Threatened: 2,410 structures threatened, 0 residential structures burned

Injuries: 0

Location: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District, State Highway 154 at Painted Cave Road.    

Current Situation:

Active burning is still occurring and the potential for fire spread remains for the communities of Painted Cave and Trout Club, as well as residential neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara front country. However, fire activity is expected to continue to decrease due to overnight rain. This includes areas of Windy Gap, Cieneguitas Creek, Maria Ygnacio Creek and San Antonio Creek from Highways 154 south to Cathedral Oaks Road.

Weather Event: Northwest winds decreased early this morning. Significant change with cold front occurring through Friday bringing rain to fire area. Tonight’s temperatures expected to range from 45 to 50 degrees. Relative humidity is between 80 and 95 percent. Rain showers expected Wednesday morning with the potential for thunderstorms.  Significant rain may require resources to seek safe conditions to avoid potential flooding.

Road Closure and Evacuations:  Hwy 154 remains closed.  An update from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office is expected today regarding road closures and evacuation areas. Visit for more information.

Evacuation Shelters: The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at the Goleta Valley Community Center located at 5679 Hollister Avenue.  

For animal evacuation questions and offers of assistance, call the Animal Services Hotline at (805) 681-4332. The Santa Barbara Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, is available to assist evacuees with small animals.

Current Fire Restrictions: The Los Padres National Forest currently does not allow open fires, wood or charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of the forest, to include developed campgrounds. Additional Details are available on the Alerts and Notices page of the Los Padres National Forest Website.