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Fire in Cold Springs Canyon
updated: Nov 06, 2012, 2:45 PM

UPDATE:2:41 pm Montecito Fire

As of 2:41 PM ALL evacation orders for the COLD Incident have been cancelled

Sorry for the ever changing notices – this was a fast moving event – but they were able to make an aggressive attack, and have made excellent progress!

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Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Montecito, Ca. November 6, 2012– At 11:54 am, the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. (SBC FD) responded to a vegetation fire, located at the Cold Springs Trail Head, off of East Mountain Dr., in the hills above Montecito.

A total of 16 engines, 2 water tenders, 3 dozers, 5 helicopters, 2 air tankers and 2 hand crews responded to the scene. SBC FD was assisted by the US Forest Service, Montecito FD, Santa Barbara FD, Vandenberg FD, Cal Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Numerous resources responded to initial reports of a vegetation fire, burning in heavy fuels, in steep terrain, burning near power lines, with difficult access in the hills above Montecito. There were also hikers in the area that required assistance.

The fire was held to 3 acres as a result of effective water drops from the helicopters and retardant from air tankers. The fire is currently being held by a retardant line. Hand crews are also hiking into the fire to establish control lines.

There were mandatory evacuations north of Mountain Dr., west of San Ysidro Rd. and West of Hot Springs Rd. A reverse 911 system was used along with local Montecito radio stations and Montecito FD website site.

The hikers were able to eventually hike to safety requiring no further assistance.

There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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2:38 pm OEM

Hand Crews remain on scene responding in difficult terrain. Fire held in check with air support providing fire retardent drops. This will be final post unless conditions change. SBC 309 released from incident.

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2:34 pm Montecito Fire

Alert: MANDATORY EVACUATION REDUCED TO ADVISORY: North of Mountain Drive, East of Cold Springs to West of Buena Vista.

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2:15 pm Montecito Fire

MANDATORY EVACUATION ARE STILL IN EFFECT: ABOVE (NORTH) of MOUNTAIN DRIVE: East of Cold Springs - West of Park Ln West

ALSO ADVISORY EVACUATION IS STILL IN EFFECT FOR ABOVE (NORTH) MOUNTAIN DRIVE: East of Park Ln West, West of Buena Vista

The fire is a slope driven fire, approximately 2-5 acres. A Unified Command has been established with Montecito Fire, USFS, and Santa Barbara County.

There was a report of three hikers who were reported to be above the head of the fire, but they were able to hike to safety.

The incident currently has the following equipment assigned: 2 Air Tankers, 1 Air Attack, 5 helicopters, 16 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders and 2 hand crews.

Agencies involved include: Montecito Fire District, Santa Barbara County Fire, United States Forest Service, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire, Santa Barbara City Fire, Cal FIRE, Vandenberg AFB, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department, Santa Barbara City Police and CHP.

The fire is currently under investigation.

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1:49 pm OEM

Advisory: #ColdFire

Evacuation orders remain in effect for public safety. Some response resources are being released as appropriate. Hand Crews remain on scene.

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1:00 pm Montecito Fire

MANDATORY EVACUATION: ABOVE (NORTH) of MOUNTAIN DRIVE: East of Cold Springs - West of Park Ln West

ALSO ADVISORY EVACUATION FOR ABOVE (NORTH) MTN DRIVE: East of Park Ln West, West of Buena Vista

Fire is in the Forest – Unified Command has been established with Montecito Fire, USFS, and Santa Barbara County.

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12:53 pm OEM.

Advisory: #Coldfire - Significant multi agency response w/ air suppport on scene. continued light winds SB Co EOC are NOT activated. OEM staff continue to monitor response. #Coldfire update - revised to 2 acres, difficult accessibilty, air support on scene, air attack, 2 helicopters and hand crews. winds remain light, difficult terrain.

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12:40 pm Montecito Fire

MANDATORY EVACUATION: NORTH of MOUNTAIN DRIVE: East of Cold Springs, West of San Ysidro Rd including San Ysidro Ln. Including North of East Mountain Dr, East of Hot Springs Ln, West of Park Ln West.

ALSO ADVISORY EVACUATION FOR ABOVE MTN DRIVE: East of San Ysidro Rd, East of San Ysidro Ln, East of Park Ln West, West of Buena Vista.

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12:29pm Montecito Fire Protection

MANDATORY EVACUATION: NORTH of MOUNTAIN DRIVE: East of Hot Springs Rd, West of San Ysidro Rd including San Ysidro Ln. Including North of East Mountain Dr, East of Hot Springs Ln, West of Park Ln West

CORRECTION - EVAC ADVISORY FOR ABOVE MTN DRIVE. East of Cold Springs, West of Hot Springs.

ALSO ADVISORY EVACUATION FOR ABOVE MTN DRIVE: East of San Ysidro Rd, East of San Ysidro Ln, East of Park Ln West, West of Buena Vista

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12:25 pm OEM: 5 acres slow growth at the top of Coldsprings trail. hikers in the area are making thier way to camino cielo for evacuation. fire is in USFS area. helicopter 309 enroute, SBC Fire, Montecito Fire and USFS Fire personnel enroute.

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12:22 pm Montecito Fire Protection. Alert: Mandatory evacuation - ABOVE Mountain Drive, East of Cold Springs, West of Hot Springs. Instructions: Mandatory evacuation - ABOVE Mountain Drive, East of Cold Springs, West of Hot Springs

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12:15pm Office of Emergency Management. Advisory: Brush Fire. There is currently a brush fire in the area of Cold Springs trail in Santa Barbara near Edison power lines. Resources are responding.

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12:01 pm Montecito Fire Protection.Advisory: MFD, SBC, STB City, Carp, and Los Padres responding to a vegetation fire in the area of Cold Springs Canyon

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