10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

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Update by edhat staff
12:25 p.m., July 12, 2018

The Holiday Fire is now 100% contained with 100% control expected by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, pending any winds. The total of acres burns is 113. 

Everyone is encouraged to register their address and cellphone at awareandprepare.org to receive the latest evacuation notices.

STATS

Acres Burned: 113
Containment: 100%
Injuries/Deaths/Missing: 0
Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 27 (more details below)
Cause: Under Investigation
Cost: $1.5 million spent to battle the fire
 

DESTROYED/DAMAGED STRUCTURES

The number of affected structures have been updated as of 12:20 p.m., July 12. A total of 27 structures have been destroyed or damaged.

  • 10 Single Family Residence Destroyed
  • 3 Single Family Residence Damaged
  • 14 Outbuildings including, barns, workshops and sheds have been destroyed.

EVACUATION AREA DOWNGRADED TO EXCLUSION ZONE

Effective at 6 p.m. (Sunday), the areas that remain under Mandatory Evacuation for the Holiday Fire will be downgraded to an Exclusion Zone open to residents only. The area that was under Evacuation Warning has been lifted.

The Exclusion Zone includes the neighborhoods accessed from North Fairview north of the intersection with North La Goleta including:

•           Sunset Ridge Rd.
•           Franklin Ranch Rd.
•           North parts of La Goleta Rd.
•           North Fairview, north of La Goleta Rd.
•           El Camino Ratel
•           Holiday Hill Rd.
•           Villa Lemora
•           Cuesta Verde
•           Edward Pl.
•           Pine Tree Ln.

Residents and homeowners living in these areas are permitted to return by showing identification at law enforcement checkpoints. Residents will want to be aware that not all power has been restored and the area may be congested with fire, public safety and and utility crews.

County staff, counselors, public safety personnel and volunteers from Red Cross will meet residents returning to their neighborhoods tonight. Law enforcement and fire personnel will remain in the area through the night. Firefighters will continue to do aggressive mop-up of hot spots in the impacted area. The area does not have electrical power and may not for up to 72 hours.

EVACUATION CENTER CLOSED; LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER OPENING

The evacuation center at the Goleta Valley Community Center will close at 5 p.m. The County of Santa Barbara, in cooperation with local and state emergency agencies, will open a Local Recovery and Assistance Center for victims of the Holiday Fire. This Assistance Center serves as a single point resource hub for those who have been impacted by the fire.

The Center will open Monday, July 9 at the Goleta Union School District Office located at 401 North Fairview Road, Goleta. The Center hours are:

  • 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, July 9

  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11

Based on the community’s needs, the Center may extend hours through the weekend of July 14-15.

Representatives from state, local and non-profit agencies will be on site to provide resources such as housing assistance, counseling support, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting, loss of business and/or employment, hazardous materials cleanup, basic health and human services resources, and other issues that have impacted people.

Entities and agencies onsite include:

American Red Cross
California Department of Insurance
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
California Office of Emergency Services (OES)
Contractors License Board
County of Santa Barbara
•     Community Services/Housing
•     Behavioral Wellness
•     Department of Public Health
•     Department of Social Services
•     District Attorney
•     Environmental Health Series
•     Planning Department
•     Recorder Assessor
Department of Motor Vehicles
Franchise Tax Board, State of California
Hospice of Santa Barbara
Internal Revenue Services (IRS)
Salvation Army
Santa Barbara Food Bank
Santa Barbara Contractors Association
State Farm Insurance
Unity Shoppe
Utilities (invited)

RESTORATION OF POWER

While a backup source of power can keep you up and running during a power outage, generators can be dangerous if connected or used improperly. Before using a generator, consult an electrician to determine the proper equipment and safe set up for your residence or business. Please refer to safety tips posted on the Southern California Edison website.


Update by edhat staff
8:00 a.m., July 7, 2018

The Holiday Fire is still estimated to be between 50-80 acres, but more closely reported to 60 acres, and 5% contained. 20 structures have been damaged or destroyed. There are 0 injuries with 350 firefighters assigned.

The evacuations are still in place for the areas North of Cathedral Oaks to West Camino Cielo Road, and from La Patera Lane west to North Patterson Avenue. Approximately 2,500 people were evacuated. Everyone should be out of this area at this time as there are active embers and downed power lines.

Santa Barbara County has proclaimed a local emergency due to the wildfire, read more on that here.

Below is a current map of the Holiday Fire perimeter

Road Closures: All roads going northbound from La Patera to Patterson Ave along Cathedral Oaks

Evacuation Center: Red Cross opened an Evacuation Center at Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave.  Updating information at www.countyofsb.org

Animal Evacuations:
For assistance with animal evacuations, call (805) 681-4332. 
-Large animals are being accepted at Earl Warren Showground and at County Animal Services and the Humane Society, 5473 Overpass Road.
-Small animals are being accepted at County Animal County Animal Services and the Humane Society, 5473 Overpass Road.

Unoffical Map of Affected Homes

An unofficial map has been put together by a Ham Radio Operator on Twitter (@ai6yrham) who has been listening to addresses involved via scanner reports. 


Update by edhat staff
1:30 a.m., July 7, 2018

As of 12:30 a.m., Santa Barbara County reports approximately 50-80 acres have burned with 10-20 structured affected. 

Sheriff Bill Brown estimates 2,500 people were evacuated out of approximately 3,200 residents in the area.

Over 2,000 people are without power in the area and CHP has closed Cathedral Oaks between Carlo and Patterson.

The Red Flag Warning and wind advisory continue until 10:00 a.m. while the excessive heat warning continues until 9:00 p.m.


Update by edhat staff
12:25 a.m., July 7, 2018
 
The County of Santa Barbara reports approximately 2,200 to 2,500 people were evacuated due to the Holiday Fire.
 
There are more than 30 fire engines and 71 law enforcement personnel on scene with 2 night flying helicopters.
 
Below is the most recent evacuation map provided by the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. The green lines show the area that is currently under mandatory evacuation. It's unclear if the red line is the size of the fire or the area most affected. 
 
 

Update by edhat staff
11:05 p.m., July 6, 2018
 
The mandatory evacuations have now grown from west of La Patera to east of Patterson Ave, north of Cathedral Oaks. However, scanner traffic is stating fire is being seen at Paseo Palmilla, which borders Cathedral Oaks.
 
Captain Zaniboni states an unofficial number of structures burned is now 20 and growing. The majority of the fire is coming down the Fairview corridor and burning east towards Patterson. 
 
There are reports of people refusing to leave their home, firefighters strongly encourage everyone leave within the evacuation zone.
 
 
911 lines are jammed up; please only call if there is an emergency. Fire and public safety crews are active in the Goleta area.

For information and ongoing updates, call 211 or go to www.ReadySBC.org. To reach 211 outside of the 805 area code, call toll free to 800-400-1572. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 and they will call you back.

Mandatory Evacuation Boundaries:
La Patera to Patterson, north of Cathedral Oaks

Evacuation Center:
Red Cross opened an Evacuation Center at Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave.  Updating information at www.countyofsb.org

Animal Evacuations:
For assistance with animal evacuations, call (805) 681-4332. 
-Large animals are being accepted at Earl Warren Showground and at County Animal Services and the Humane Society, 5473 Overpass Road.
-Small animals are being accepted at County Animal County Animal Services and the Humane Society, 5473 Overpass Road.

Road Closures:
Cathedral Oaks from La Patera to Patterson, Fairview at Cathedral Oaks.

Aware and Prepare Alerts:
It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up for Aware And Prepare at www.ReadySBC.org

 
Photo: Mike Eliason (SBCFD)
 

Update by edhat staff
10:15 p.m., July 6, 2018

For anyone north of Cathedral Oaks west of Cambridge and east of Carlo Drive, evacuate immediately. The fire is located off Holiday Hill in Goleta and is being called the Holiday Fire and is spreading rapidly. Approximately 1200 residents were told to evacuate the area.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni reports the fire is "completely out of control, no containment." He stressed anyone living north of Cathedral Oaks between Fairview and Patterson needs to leave immediately. 

According to the scanner traffic, firefighters are actively defending structures. Zaniboni confirmed there have been structures lost but they do not have numbers yet on how many. 

The fire is wind driven and is burning downhill due to north and northwestern winds, down the Fairview corridor and east towards Patterson. 

Zaniboni said their main focus is "life safety then property safety."

Red Cross Shelter is now set up at Goleta Valley Community Center on Hollister Ave. For assistance with animal evacuations, call 805-681-4332.

 

 

 

Small updates posted in the comment section below and major updates will be posted to the top of this article.


Update by edhat staff
9:10 p.m., July 6, 2018

Mandatory evacuations due to a brush fire on Holliday Hill Road in Goleta. Currently, 50 to 100 structures are threatened as California Highway Patrol has shut down Fairview at Cathedral Oaks. 

Families in the area are packing and evacuating between Fairview and Patterson, north of Cathedral Oaks. 

Initial reports state the fire may have been caused by the wind knocking a tree branch onto an electrical wire.

Updates will be posted to the top of this article.

 


Reported by edhat readers

  • There appears to be a fire in the foothills behind N. Patterson and Fairview. Any more info?

  • CHP reports: Fire.  N. Patterson Ave/Cathedral Oaks.  8:40 PM: LOOKING UP INTO MTNS TOWARDS 154 / SEES FLAMES AND SMOKE

  • Huge amounts of smoke in Goleta near Cathedral Oaks and Fairview. Winds are high and smoke is intense. 

From CHP:

Report of Fire   Location:   N Fairview Ave / Cuesta Verde  Loc Desc:       Lat/Lon:  34.458804 -119.830565

9:04 PM 5 [11] B29-240 ENRT TO LOS CARNEROS AND CATHEDRAL OAKS TO STOP EB TRAFFIC ON LC
8:52 PM 4 [5] LL SBSO - CLOSE FV // UNABLE TO ADV WHERE - JUST USE BEST JUDGEMENT
8:50 PM 3 [4] 220 LL - SBSO AND FIRE 97 // DOES FV NEED TO BE CLOSED DOWN?
8:45 PM 2 [2] 220 97 WITH THE FIRE ON NORTH END OF FAIRVIEW
8:44 PM 1 [1] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from STOP to FIRE-Report of Fire by CHP

 

 

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mkaney Jul 06, 2018 11:27 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Drones have never ever actually caused an aircraft accident. Birds have sinewy tissue and would be far more likely to bring down an aircraft. I'm sorry but the fire services need to stop with grounding aircraft whenever they even merely hear a report of one.

oceandrew Jul 07, 2018 12:47 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Perhaps instead of grounding emergency aircraft whenever a drone is reported in the area they should deploy snipers to shoot the pesky varmints right out of the sky. Shame there is no way to ID the drone pilot from the wreckage ofa downed drone so he can be billed for the cost of the snipers as well as the cost of having crews grounded.

pstarSR Jul 07, 2018 09:42 AM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Mkaney, actually on the mint500 or the baja1000 ( most recent one ) a redbull chase helicopter collided with a drone and the drone hit the tail rotor of the helicopter. the pilot said he HAD to put the helicopter down because it had begun vibrating and was unstable. regardless if it didnt "crash", they do cause concern.

oceandrew Jul 07, 2018 09:03 AM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Well shoot... if they should keep the skies open for drones to fly in the emergency areas why even close off roads leading to them? The curious public should be allowed a front row seat to any and all disasters natural or otherwise they can record to video and profit from whenever they want.

Potif Jul 07, 2018 01:58 AM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Have you ever heard the phrase... "THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING!!"? Somehow I have a feeling if a drone were to get sucked into an engine, struck a propeller, or hit a rotor it could cause some damage. Damage that could be catastrophic to those in the aircraft as well as workers on the ground. And, why would anyone want to take ANY more CHANCES of people being hurt or killed than they already are, while they are trying to help others. They are already risking injury and their lives just fighting fires. And, increasing that risk because 'that's what they get paid to do' just doesn't make any sense. Flying above a fire is already riskier than flying in normal conditions, and tonight we can add the high winds to the situation. Simple solution.... DO NOT FLY DRONES IN RESTRICTED AREAS!!!

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 11:22 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Active fire on Paseo Palmilla at Cathedral Oaks. Anyone near Goleta Valley Jr. High should consider evacuating, even if on the other side of Cathedral Oaks. Not sure why they haven't evacuated the other side of Cathedral oaks yet.

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 11:16 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Mandatory evacuations have grown to la patera on the west to Patterson, north of Cathedral Oaks. Still no word about those south of Cathedral Oaks, but residents should leave if nearby.

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:56 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

If you live near Goleta Valley Jr High on the other side of Cathedral Oaks, evacuate now!!

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:54 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Hearing the fire has almost reached Cathedral Oaks. One report of a fire at 6069 Paseo Palmilla in Goleta.

tagdes Jul 06, 2018 10:49 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Keyt has good ground coverage, on going studio and great copter coverage earlier from their ABC LA affiliate.

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:48 PM
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Per SB County: Inside 805 area code, call 211, or text your zip code to 898211, or outside 805 area code, call toll-free 800-400-1572. http://Www.countyofsb.org .

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:28 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Per SB County: 911 lines are jammed up; please only call if there is an emergency. Fire and public safety crews are active in the Goleta area with the Holiday Fire. Thank you!

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:13 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Trapped residents reported in the 1200 block of Franklin Ranch Road. Fire is spotting around them with an established fire on Franklin. People trapped with pets.

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:11 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Many homes have burned, no official count but lots of calls about people seeing flames very close.

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 10:10 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Scanner Traffic : Hearing reports of people trapped, Franklin Road. Fire also heading towards La Goleta. Numerous power outages.

a-1574461827 Jul 07, 2018 02:12 AM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

get some gel packs. or just ice in ziplocs or frozen food. Put them under arms and in thigh/groin crease. Will cool major arteries. Wear wet shirt in front of fan. Douse head and hair; back of neck. Cooling feet will also make a major difference.

EastBeach Jul 06, 2018 10:54 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Roger, soak a bandana or scarf in cold water, then wrap it around your neck. Helps cool blood carried in the major arteries in the neck.

Roger Jul 06, 2018 10:09 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

I drank 2 gallons totally dry fans on trying to cool home even my cat is over heated power goes I'm in trouble.

BryanKerr Jul 06, 2018 09:48 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

You can see the #HolidayFire start at the end of this time lapse from the Santa Ynez Peak webcam. http://c1.hpwren.ucsd.edu/archive/syp-e-mobo-c/large/20180706/MP4/Q7.mp4 Updated images are here: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/L/syp-e-mobo-c.jpg

Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 09:39 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Scanner: Named the Holiday Fire. Temperatures in the area are still 90-100 degrees with 20-30 mph wind gusts

a-1574461827 Jul 06, 2018 09:15 PM
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https://twitter.com/EPN473: " Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 26m26 minutes ago Update: E14 reporting Heavy Fire conditions impacting structures requesting Copter be recalled and 2nd alarm be started. #Goleta #Breaking 2 replies 4 retweets 7 likes Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 22m22 minutes ago. Update: Fire well established immediate mandatory evacuations from Fairview through Patterson and Cathedral Oaks. #Goleta #Breaking 2 replies 7 retweets 5 likes Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 18m18 minutes ago. Update: IC requesting 5 Strike Teams immediate need any type, 50-100 structures immediately impacted, also requesting any available nighttime flying aircraft in the region. #Goleta #Breaking 2 replies 8 retweets 7 likes Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 16m16 minutes ago Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 Update: this is the #HolidayFire #Goleta 8:58 PM - 6 Jul 2018 from Eagle, ID. Update: sounds like the #HoldiayFire is burning form west to east Via Del Rey and Camino Manadero are about to be hit hard. #Goleta #Breaking 2 replies 6 retweets 6 likes Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 4m4 minutes ago Update: many residents unable to evacuate due to the #HolidayFire ‘s rapid ROS many sheltering in place. #Goleta #Breaking 2 replies 11 retweets 7 likes

a-1574461827 Jul 06, 2018 09:06 PM
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805 Weather Retweeted Bernie Deyo ‏Verified account @EPN473 .20m20 minutes ago #SBCOFD responding to a reported #BrushFire with structures involved above #Goleta on Fairview Ave, units smoke and fire showing with a large header several miles out #Breaking

a-1574461827 Jul 06, 2018 09:04 PM
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CA-SBC Dispatch ‏ @SBCFireDispatch. 32m32 minutes ago. Calle Real / N Kellogg Av ,Goleta *Vegetation Fire *34441130 -119819052 *FSBC180008656*ME12,552,ME13,ME14,512,ME211,W

a-1574461827 Jul 06, 2018 09:02 PM
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County Twitter: CA-SBC Dispatch ‏ @SBCFireDispatch. 14m14 minutes ago. 1530 HOLIDAY HILL RD ,Goleta *Vegetation Fire *34463618 -119831285 *FSBC180008657*500,ME14,512,ME13,552,ME211,ME

Red Creek Jul 06, 2018 09:02 PM
10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

Just jumped from 90 to 100 degrees in the last hour in Goleta (from 8 pm to 9 pm). Unreal fire conditions. Smoke.

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