Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

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Update by edhat staff
4:00 p.m., July 23, 2018

Santa Barbara County firefighters have determined the cause of the fire to be an automobile traveling northbound on Hwy.1. The fire was determined to be accidental.


Update by edhat staff
3:00 p.m., July 22, 2018

The Cruces Fire is now 100% contained. It's estimated to have burned 77 acres.

Initially, the full containment date was pushed back to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, but Captain Dave Zaniboni has confirmed its full containment.


Update by edhat staff
8:00 a.m., July 19, 2018

The Cruces Fire is now at 40% containment at approximately 80 acres. Containment will continue to increase throughout the day with 100% containment expected by 6:00 p.m. tonight.

The estimated acreage dropped from 170 to 80 after visibility increased, although it may shift again as firefighters walk and map the hilly perimeter with GPS.

As of 7:00 a.m. Thursday, all evacuation orders have been lifted.


Update by edhat staff
8:00 p.m., July 18, 2018
 
We're receiving mixed reports on the size of the Cruces Fire. Some reports indicate its 120 acres and 20% contained, while others report the fire is at 80 acres or 170 acres. So far there has not been an official statement on the size and containment.
 
Caltrans updates the traffic report as of 8:00 p.m. stating Highway 1 is now open in both directions from Highway 101 to SR-246.
 

Update by edhat staff
2:27 p.m., July 18, 2018
 
Santa Barbara County Fire HAS CANCELLED the evacuation warning for the Hollister Ranch, Cojo, Gaviota State Beach Areas. 
 

Update by edhat staff
1:40 p.m., July 18, 2018
 

The Cruces Fire is currently 150 acres with the potential to grow much larger, said Captain Dave Zaniboni.

The fire along Highway 1 is in good shape, but the northern edge of the fire is hard for crews to access, said Zaniboni.

There are approximately 150 firefighters on scene, including 9 engines with 5 more en route, 2 helicopters, 4 air tankers, 3 hand crews, and 4 dozers.

The only evacuation ordered from Incident Command on this fire is in the 7200 block of Highway 1. There were a couple of ranches close to where the fire was burning and they have been safely evacuated. An evacuation warning has been issued only for the Hollister Ranch, Cojo, Gaviota State Beach areas.

The cause of the fire is unknown and investigators are on the scene.

Highway 1 is closed from SR-246 to Highway 101 in both the northbound and southbound directions. Traffic is also delayed in the surrounding areas.

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Update by edhat staff
12:55 p.m., July 18, 2018
 
Highway 1 is shut down near the Highway 101 interchange and evacuations have been sent out for a rapidly growing brush fire.

A brush fire off Highway 1 is approximately 2-3 acres in size with a rapid rate of growth, reports Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni.

Now being called the Cruces Incident (Cruces Fire), it's located 3-4 miles from Highway 101 and currently is not threatening any structures. A 2nd alarm call has been issued for this fire as 4 air tankers and 2 helicopters were ordered to make water drops.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office advised the fire has the potential to grow 500-1000 acres or more.

As of 12:50 p.m., the fire was about to jump Highway 1. A report of a Reverse-911 was activated for people in the Hollister Ranch and Gaviota State Beah areas, although this has not been officially confirmed.

Ranchers are cutting fences for fire crews and cattle may be wandering on the roadway.

More information will be updated to this article as soon as it's available.


By edhat staff
12:04 p.m., July 18, 2018

Highway 1 is shut down near the Highway 101 interchange for a reported brush fire and heavy smoke in the area.

California Highway Patrol reported the fire started at 11:54 a.m. with visible smoke and a truck pulling a trailer seen next to the fire.

As of 12:03, Highway 1 has been closed in both directions due to heavy smoke in the area. The vehicles in the southbound lanes are being told to turn around. 

It's unclear how long the roads will be closed or what the status of the fire is.

More information will be updated to this article as soon as it's available.

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Luvaduck Jul 19, 2018 09:36 AM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

I may have read it here, but if not, I'll repeat it in substance although not in detail: Fire season is now year 'round. Coastal areas are populated but the front-country is not. A fire official is asking that a permanent fire break be 'dozed and maintained as increased safety for crews who are put in extreme danger constructing one during a raging fire. Opposition is on the basis of looksk & environment. Safety for fire personnel and coastal communities clearly trump those. A defensible line increases the chance of keeping man-made fires out of chaparral. There, they burn laterally behind populated areas and sweep down to destroy them if the wind is right. As for environmental concerns: Keeping fires contained sooner saves environment for the creatures who live there.

John Wiley Jul 18, 2018 04:30 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

I've just posted a couple of items on SBitZ.NET and both seem to indicate the fire may be entering mop up phase. Anyone on the ground have info on the fire's current status? From the apparent absence of a tall plume, it would seem that things are calming down.

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 04:03 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Thunderstorms possible: https://twitter.com/NWSLosAngeles?lang=en . NWS Los Angeles‏Verified account @NWSLosAngeles 11m11 minutes ago. Monsoon moisture bringing a threat of thunderstorms to portions of SW Calif through Friday. Any storms that develop will be capable of producing brief heavy downpours with isolated flash flooding possible, as well as strong erratic wind gusts.. #LArain #cawx #LAWeather. Areas Threatened: LA/Ventura/SBA Counties. SLO County (by Thursday)

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 03:42 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

The videos were playing on this site. They were great, and had sound. I don't know why Edhat moved them to twitter???

Classic Jul 18, 2018 03:12 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Any update? live under the Santa Maria flight path. 12-15 min ago lots of action. Cal-Fire, white plane orange belly...hope they just coming home early for dinner!

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 01:55 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

What started this fire, unknown? On CHP website this was stated: "11:59 AM 3 [18] [Notification] [CHP]-GLD TRUCK PULLING TRLR APPEARS 1126 NEXT TO FIRE. 11:54 AM 2 [5] SMOKE VISIBLE. 11:54 AM 1 [3] BRUSH FIRE."

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 09:29 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Hmmm... 2 down votes on each comment of the possible cause of the Holiday Fire. It very easily could have happened that way. Anybody else have information?

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 04:45 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Oh, and a home owner witnessed it apparently and called it in as she evacuated her home... Which I believe was one of the ones that burned in the Holiday Fire.

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 03:05 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

What I heard was thatt a branch from a eucalyptus tree which was broken off in the winds, landed on power lines was the start of the Holiday Fire.

tagdes Jul 18, 2018 01:45 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Just from IC (Incident Commander) , presently using copters 308, 3 and 1 other not anticipating any other aircraft needs.

a-1534315289 Jul 31, 2018 12:07 AM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

I've disagreed with you in the past, in my mind and in Edhat posts, but this BS of downvoting informational posts is disgusting. Hate this policy. Thanks a lot for the info.

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 01:40 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

805 Weather Retweeted. Caltrans District 5. @CaltransD5. 35m35 minutes ago. SigAlert: a brush fire north of #Gaviota has CLOSED #Hwy1 each way up to #Lompoc so use #Hwy101, #Hwy246 as other routes. Expect traffic delays in area & watch for emergency vehicles. @countyofsb @SBCFireInfo

Edhat Staff Jul 18, 2018 01:32 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Road closed at Hwy1 at Jalama for traffic control, also Hwy 1 from SR-246 to Hwy 101 is closed in both north and southbound directions.

tagdes Jul 18, 2018 12:56 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

This will be the "Cruces" incident. Notify Hollister Ranch and Gaviota State Park in case it jumps Hwy 1. Wind is out of NW. No immediate concern for Jalama.

TWOSCOOPS Jul 18, 2018 12:54 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

CHP website: 12:44 PM [Notification] [CHP]-SBSO ADVSD FIRE HAS POTENTIAL TO GROW FROM 500-1000 ACRES OR MORE

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 12:49 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

Can anyone post a photo of this fire/smoke, please? It must be big. Will winds tonight out of west/northwest move the fire/smoke in our direction?

tagdes Jul 18, 2018 12:43 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

It's 2-3 miles west of 101. Second alarm shortly after noon. Sheriff code 3 for evacuations. Watch for cattle on roadway as they are cutting fences. Fire is close to jumping Hwy 1. Calling for additional dozers.

a-1534315289 Jul 18, 2018 12:40 PM
Cruces Fire 100% Contained at 77 Acres

CHP website. 12:31 PM MOVED CLOSURE TO MM 4. 12:28 PM 20 [49] 1039 LPD. 12:27 PM 19 [48] 3-S1 LL BLOCKED SR1 X SR246 W/ BARRICADES / AFFIRM / ONE UNIT IS 97 /. 12:24 PM 18 [46] 1039 ENTAC. 12:23 PM 17 [45] 3-S1 NOTIFY ENTAC LONG TERM CLOSURE / REQ CALL OFC TO GET B WATCH IN EARLY. 12:20 PM 16 [42] 1039 DOT. 12:18 PM. 15 [41] 3-S1 REQ CAL TRANS TO CLOSURE SR1 X SR246. 12:15 PM 14 [40] 1039 LPD. 12:12 PM 13 [37] 1039 SBSO. 12:11 PM 12 [36] 3-55 / TRAFFIC STOPPED SB JNO FIRE / GATE TO PROPERTY WHERE FIRE CAN ACCESS / PROP OWNER 97 WILL OPEN GATE. 12:08 PM 11 [34] A3-055 TURNING VEHS AROUND ON SB SIDE. 12:05 PM 10 [32] [Notification] [CHP]-DOT COPY / 30 MINS ETA. 12:03 PM 9 [31] 1039 DOT. 12:03 PM 8 [30] 3-55 START DOT FOR FULL CLOSURE / HEAVY SMOKE IN THE AREA. 12:02 PM 7 [29] 1039 DOT. 12:01 PM 6 [25] 3-S1 LL / INQ IF CLOSURE NEEDED FROM DOT / 3-55 POSSIBLY / WILL SHUT DOWN NB #2 FOR SURE / 3-S1 CPYS / START DOT. 12:00 PM 5 [23] SMOKE IN THE AREA. 11:59 AM 4 [20] 3-55 ON N SIDE OF RDWY. 11:59 AM 3 [18] [Notification] [CHP]-GLD TRUCK PULLING TRLR APPEARS 1126 NEXT TO FIRE. 11:54 AM 2 [5] SMOKE VISIBLE. 11:54 AM 1 [3] BRUSH FIRE.

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