10 Homes Destroyed in Holiday Fire

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(Photos: Mike Eliason / SBC)
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.


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


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.


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.


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)


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

8:44 PM 1 [1] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from STOP to FIRE-Report of Fire by CHP



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Edhat Staff Jul 06, 2018 11:45 PM
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Apparently fire crews were notified of a home on Rossmore Rd near the fire where 50 pounds of ammunition is stored.

a-1530947153 Jul 07, 2018 12:05 AM
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Not a Chinese hoax, folks ... sure it's been hot before and there have been fires before, but records keep getting broken; 3 times as many heat records as cold records. This is just one of many lines of evidence that show that the Earth's atmosphere is warming due to the increasing amount of greenhouse gases, which slow the escape of heat (while not blocking the incoming solar radiation) ... and carbon isotope signatures show clearly that the increased CO2 is the result of the burning of fossil fuels. It's because of all the evidence that there's an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that AGW is a fact ... not because they're paid to say so or any of the other malarkey coming from the deniers driven by ideology and economics, not a search for the truth. We now have the internal documents that show that the same fossil fuel companies that spent millions upon millions of dollars to spread confusion and uncertainty, themselves knew for decades that human-induced global warming is real.

a-1530955370 Jul 07, 2018 02:22 AM
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For those downvoting this, Trump said it. Of course he later said it was a joke. And it was long ago, 2012. Just pointing out what
Donald J. Trump
Verified account
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
11:15 AM - 6 Nov 2012

ASolis Jul 07, 2018 12:07 AM
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did anyone else NOT get the alerts feom the County on their phone, text, or email? I got the alerts about the heat warning yesterday, but nothing about the Holiday Fire or the evacuation zones.

ASolis Jul 07, 2018 12:38 AM
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They just did alerts according to zip codes of the fire area.
As I type this the EBS is running on KEYT.

Edhat Staff Jul 07, 2018 12:36 AM
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Scanner: Possible containment line to the north. Firefighters actively fighting the blaze and trying to save homes.

Bird Jul 07, 2018 07:26 AM
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Does anyone know what the situation is at the SBWCN? Thanks. It's located at the end of Fairview, across the street from Hoilday Hill.

a-1530976392 Jul 07, 2018 08:13 AM
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Re SBWCN: Last I heard, some staff and volunteers were able to enter the area late last night and evacuate some (all? not sure) of the animals. Don't know anything more than that - hopefully, they will post when they are able.

tagdes Jul 07, 2018 08:44 AM
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At midnight I heard one Batt. Chief say staff was back at SBWCN and everything was looking good for there. Also SBCo. and Ven dozers called in and said their line from No. Fairview to Patterson was cut and to get some engines and hose lines up there.

a-1530981987 Jul 07, 2018 09:46 AM
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KEYT and Beth Farnsworth have been great! She saw smoke and some small fires in front of a house last night, and she said to herself, if I can just find a hose, I could put this out. She's brave!

a-1530983455 Jul 07, 2018 10:10 AM
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10a.m. Sat.--- 104 degrees Winchester Gun Club, 101 Upper East Riviera, 102 Toro Canyon, 90 Samarkand, 97 Painted Cave, from Weather Underground.

holazola Jul 07, 2018 11:28 AM
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I sent this in to Edhat Staff, but I thought I would share in the comments for now. My daughter took a great timelapse video last night. This was taken from the top of "The Knoll" subdivision off Patterson, about 2 miles from the fire. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/66h7NJjt0A8 Amazing watching the bulldozers and helicopters at work!

John Wiley Jul 07, 2018 11:44 AM
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KEYT has been great again, and along with Edhat we're getting more info than many cities our size would have in emergencies. Seems like it's getting better all the time too! There's less on SBitZ.NET so far this time, though some stuff was posted last night and a little more in the last hour. Go SBCFD!

yin yang Jul 07, 2018 11:57 PM
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I emailed them at 3:15 a.m. to tell them I was still watching and what good work it was. Partnering with KABC for the street overlay was the best part.

a-1530989333 Jul 07, 2018 11:48 AM
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HOLAZOLA, a big thank you and your daughter for this amazing video. Thank you for posting the link. Amazing!

a-1531000021 Jul 07, 2018 02:47 PM
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108 degrees Kinevan Ranch, 104 Winchester Cyn Gun Club, 107 Paradise Rd., 102 Painted Cave, 102 San Marcos Pass, 87 Goleta East--Saturday, 2:45pm. Weather Underground.

a-1531000844 Jul 07, 2018 03:00 PM
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Heads up for anyone driving to mountains to cool off: San Bernardino CA-251 PM PDT SAT JUL 7 2018
BERNARDINO COUNTY..."At 234 PM PDT, a report of a mud flow 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep
over Highway 38 about 1/2 mile north of the Forest Falls junction.At 249 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated that the thunderstorms producing heavy rain had at least temporarily dissipated across the
warned area. However, more thunderstorms could develop which will have the potential to do flooding through 400 PM over the San Bernardino Mountains between Big Bear Lake and Forest Falls."

MissBleu Jul 08, 2018 09:40 AM
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So glad to hear you are O.K. Roger. That heat wave was not
your imagination. We appreciate you immensely!

a-1531065211 Jul 08, 2018 08:53 AM
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Thank you to all who gave information about the Holiday Fire. Your information and photos were so helpful and I encourage you to do the same, helpful information, next time. Details are good.

a-1531066172 Jul 08, 2018 09:09 AM
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Tools: Water hose, mop (cotton long string), buckets of water, fire extinguisher, cell phone (charged), full gas tank, goggles & face mask-- https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/334-353.pdf

ednsb Jul 08, 2018 09:51 AM
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Can you please update news on power outage and when it will be restored? No news sources doing this. Kind of critical info.

shorebird Jul 08, 2018 10:09 AM
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As of 9ish this morning Sce.com website information: 108 customers still affected. No estimate of time for restoration yet.

a-1531073239 Jul 08, 2018 11:07 AM
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95 degrees Paradise Rd., 91 Toro Canyon, 92 Gibraltar Peak, 89 San Marcos Pass, 90 Laguna, 89 Winchester Cyn Gun Club, 11am, Sunday, July 8, Weather Underground.

BruceGo Jul 08, 2018 11:07 AM
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My comment is about the use of twitter and access to emergency information. I don't have a TV and only have an internet and my cell phone. Should the internet go down, I have my cell phone, if that goes out (like it did during thomas fire) I have nothing except my weather radio (which is useless for emergency info), I'm going to look into an emergency radio or police scanner.

One of my "small beefs" was hard it was to access the threat. The website sent me to TWITTER (so twitter is the main source of emergency info??) I just found that odd. On my cellphone I had to create an account on twitter to view the info for any length of time. I ended up using the emergencysb (I think that's the url) and just constantly updating it, looking for any critical evacuation warnings.

Any thoughts on this?

MissBleu Jul 08, 2018 12:24 PM
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Re: (so twitter is the main source of emergency info?? I just found that odd. )
Excellent point BRUCEGO. 10-4. Especially since Twitter is rapidly becoming so
yesterday. We advocate for a full range of communication channels in getting
critical emergency information out in the future.

horsegirl Jul 08, 2018 02:53 PM
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I will say I love twitter during emergencies since you can search a hashtag dedicated to the incident, in this case #holidayfire, and organize it by "latest" posts and there is great information there tweeted by a handful of people who listen to the scanners. it was ahead of all the other information put out there as it is being posted in real time as soon as they hear it.

MissBleu Jul 08, 2018 09:07 PM
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Breaking News...Twitter like Facebook is not used much by younger folks...
These platforms come and go...Sad because I have stock in both ...

oceandrew Jul 08, 2018 09:42 PM
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Why would you care about what young people use for social media? If your intent is to receive notifications of emergencies you'll want to be following the first responders the local newsies are quoting or retweeting... I'm thinking BRUCEGO here.

MissBleu Jul 08, 2018 10:09 PM
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No intent for multiple posts...My point was trying to support a wide
range of communication channels. Today’s Twitter and Facebook will
be yesterday’s Netscape. To assume everyone is on Twitter is silly.

MissBleu Jul 10, 2018 05:20 PM
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I personally appreciate the Twitter education. Getting the salient information
via a multitude of communication channels to an array of endangered folks was my focus. Whether non English speanking, blind or Luddite ...

TWOSCOOPS Jul 08, 2018 11:24 AM
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BRUCEGO, thank you for sharing your experiences. Important. News and decisions, when under pressure. The topic of the day. I don't have an answer, but, like you, want to hear from people who have solutions. I'm all ears...errr...eyes.

a-1531075140 Jul 08, 2018 11:39 AM
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Fire embers coming into your yard, if the fire is not too close: wear cotton (NO polyester) long sleeve shirt and long pants - protect fragile skin, gloves, face mask, goggles, hat. Heavy boots (cowboy boots, hiking boots) if you have them. To put out embers, use shovels of sand or dirt, water hose, buckets of water, wet mop (cotton long string) to bash out small embers. Fire extinguisher is good but only lasts a few minutes. Only do this as a last resort if you can't evacuate...or weren't informed that the fire is coming in your direction.

Luvaduck Jul 10, 2018 12:48 PM
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"Chinese hoax" and other simple-minded rumors of that ilk are FALSE. Universally, new studies, long-term statistics and information that can be substantiated confirm that global warming is a FACT. For those who refuse to let facts enter their belief system the world remains flat and the sun revolves around the Earth and always will. Trying to get them to use logic and reason is a waste of your time and effort. It's like arguing with a fanatic True Believer of any religion. It would be more productive to iron your socks.

a-1531330062 Jul 11, 2018 10:27 AM
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Congratulations to all fire fighters and first responders! Jobs well done. Edhat Staff, jobs well done. Media jobs well done. Wildlife Care Network (job well done) still fundraising. Please don't forget about them. They underestimated the costs and initially were trying to raise only $20,000, now they've raised it to a more reasonable $30,000. They've raised $18,150 at gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/holiday-fire-wildlife-relief


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