Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta
Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD
Santa Barbara County Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of a brush fire on both sides of Highway 101 near Fairview Ave in Goleta.
Fire crews arrived on the scene around 2:30 p.m. Friday and discovered a brush fire started inside a homeless encampment on the south side of the freeway. It had then spotted to the northside of the freeway burning behind commercial structures.
California Highway Patrol shut down the north and southbound lanes as a mandatory evacuation order were issued for the nearby area and buildings, including the Motel 6.
Firefighters were able to quickly stop the forward progress of the fire and as of 3:45 p.m., have completely knocked down the fire. Crews will be on the scene for several hours for an extensive mop-up of the area.
There were no injuries or structures damaged. The official cause is under investigation.
CHP has now opened the number one south and northbound lanes. Traffic remains heavy in the area.
Brush fire at Highway 101 southbound near Fairview Ave.