All Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted from Lake Fire

Lake Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley on July 14, 2024 (Photo: US Forest Service)

Update by the edhat staff
4:30 p.m., July 23, 2024

Effective Tuesday, July 23, 2024, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled all Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings previously in place due to the Lake Fire. Take caution when returning home as emergency personnel continue working in the area. Remain vigilant of changing conditions.

The Los Padres National Forest Lake Fire Closure Area remains closed. All roads, trails, and recreational areas within this area continue to be closed.

  • Hunting and other recreational activities are not permitted in this area.
  • Residents and businesses located within the Fire Closure Area can enter with identification.
  • Some hiking trails may begin outside the Fire Closure Area and Lake Fire burn scar and cross into closed areas.  Due to potentially unsafe conditions, avoid traveling all parts of these trails.

More information about Los Padres National Forest closures related to the Lake Fire is available here.

Community members can still utilize the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to view the Los Padres National Forest Lake Fire Closure Area.

Returning Home:

  • Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers may remain. Please exercise safety precautions when returning to your home. Find information about ash cleanup and more, by visiting the ReadySBC Recovery section.
    • Printed copies of information for those returning home can be picked up at the Solvang Sheriff Station, located at 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA. 93463. This station is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed 12-1 p.m.).
  • If you find fire or other emergencies, stay away and call 911.
  • If you find damaged utilities, report them to your local utility company.

Reporting Damages:

Community members are strongly encouraged to report damages to their private property and businesses along with farm-related and agricultural damages. The information collected will assist public safety officials in understanding local impacts and advocating for state and federal assistance.Financial assistance is not currently available.

The Lake Fire remains 90% contained at 38,664 acres. There are 925 personnel on the scene. Evacuation areas remain the same.

The heat signatures detected within the Lake Fire perimeter are decreasing with each passing day. Firefighters will continue to seek out and extinguish these smoldering spots until they are certain there is no longer a threat to the established control lines. Many of the hot spots are burning out on their own as heavy fuels burn down to ash.  Many of the assigned resources are no longer needed and are being released from the incident to be reassigned to other fires or travel home for some well-earned rest. Total assigned personnel dropped to below 1,000 yesterday.

Fire managers are in the process of repositioning much of the heavy equipment previously assigned to the contingency group. Bulldozers, graders and other equipment are now tasked with repairing dozer lines and roadways impacted by fire operations.

Forecast for Monday: Persistent warmer and drier conditions continue with highs in the mid-90s to near 100 degrees mid-week. An excessive heat warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday. Most of the fire area is above the marine layer that has developed each evening over the last few days. The vegetation above the marine layer has not been affected by the higher humidity at the lower levels..


Lake Fire Reaches 90 Percent Containment as of Monday

Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 22, 2024

The Lake Fire has reached 90% contained at 38,664 acres. There are 1,614 personnel on the scene. Evacuation areas remain the same.

Firefighters will continue to seek out and extinguish hot spots within the perimeter of the Lake Fire today.  Most of the heat has been located in islands of unburned vegetation. Fire crews have been busy extinguishing these hot spots with support from helicopters. Fire behavior within these islands may increase later this week as temperatures rise and vegetation dries out.

Firefighters have begun the task of back hauling equipment used to protect structures in the area away from the immediate perimeter of the burn. Besides removing hose lines and pump systems around structures, the fire resistant wrap used to protect the historic Manzana Schoolhouse and Dabney Cabin will be removed.

Contingency lines were constructed ahead of the fire as a precautionary measure in the event the fire escaped primary control lines. Firefighters are constructing water bars and taking other measures along these lines to reduce the potential of erosion during the winter rains.

Forecast for Monday: Persistent warmer and drier conditions continue with highs in the mid-90s to near 100 degrees mid-week. An excessive heat warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Lake Fire Area Closure: Some roads and trails within the Los Padres National Forest are closed. Refer to the Closure Order & Closure Order Map  by using links or visiting the Los Padres National Forest website. This closure will remain in effect until August 18, 2024, or until revised or rescinded.

Smoke: The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have lifted the Air Quality Alert in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Air Quality Watch will remain in place countywide, and air quality conditions are forecasted to be good to moderate throughout the county.

Evacuation Areas: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff has reduced some evacuation orders and warnings.  See the most recent updates: https://www.readysbc.org/4275/Lake-Fire-Incident—July-2024. Register for emergency alerts at ReadySBC.org

Road Closures: Visit the County Road Closure Map for details.

  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary.
  • Figueroa Mountain just north of Midland School.
  • Forest Route 10N06.
  • Zaca Lake Road east of Foxen Canyon Road

Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 21, 2024

As of today, Cal Fire Team 5 has completed their assignment. The Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Unit remains in unified command.. The North and South Zone structure has been dissolved.

On the west end of the fire near the Sisquoc drainage, firefighters continue to construct direct handline where possible. Infrared heat signatures observed using an unmanned aerial system (UAS) are diminishing. All of the observed heat is within the fire line. To the east, firefighters will be searching for heat in large areas of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter.  Firefighters have begun suppression repair on contingency lines constructed ahead of the fire. This process will reduce the impacts of suppression efforts on the land.

Forecast for Sunday: Persistent warmer and drier conditions continue this week with highs in the mid-90s to near 100 degrees. There will be low humidity levels across the fire.


Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 20, 2024

The Lake Fire remains 73% contained at 38,663 acres. There are 2,055 personnel on the scene. Evacuation areas remain the same.

North Zone Fire Report: California Complex Incident Management Team 2 (CA-CIMT2) took command of the Lake Fire at 7 p.m. last night. An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 10:00 pm Wednesday.  Overall fire activity remains quiet across the fire. Several Hotshot Crews remain “spiked out”, continuing to construct fire lines in steep, rugged portions in the northern part of the fire. An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will fly today to assist crews in locating and extinguishing hotspots and smoldering embers. Resource Advisors are working with crews to repair dozer lines, fences, and other features as a result of the firefighting efforts along containment lines. Ongoing Demobilization or reassignment of resources continues.

South Zone: Firefighters were able to enhance containment lines and continue suppression repair. For more detailed information about the Lake Fire, visit the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

Forecast for Saturday: Expect the warmest and driest conditions this week with highs in the mid-90s to near 100 under full sunshine. There will be low humidity levels across the fire.


Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 19, 2024

The Lake Fire is now 73% contained at 38,663 acres. There are 2,055 personnel on the scene. Evacuation areas remain the same.

North Zone Fire Report: California Complex Incident Management Team 2 (CA-CIMT2) has arrived at the Lake Fire and will shadow with outgoing CA-CIMT13 today, before assuming command of the Lake Fire at 7 p.m. tonight. An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) was flown again yesterday to assist crews in locating and extinguishing hotspots and smoldering embers. Shifting winds and an Excessive Heat Warning may increase activity and visible smoke from within the fire perimeter. Crews continue working to ensure the fire does not escape the existing perimeter. Demobilization or reassignment of resources will continue as crews complete their tasks and the fire increases in containment.

South Zone: Fire suppression repair continues in the South Zone. Small, isolated occurrences of heat remain interior. For more detailed information related to the Lake Fire, visit the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

Forecast for Friday: Expect the warmest and driest conditions so far this week with highs in the mid-90s to near 100 under full sunshine. There will be low humidity levels across the fire.


Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 18, 2024

The Lake Fire has reached 38,664 acres and is 63% contained. There are 2,783 personnel on the scene.

North and South Zone: The fire remains under Unified Command with California Complex Incident Management Team 13, CAL FIRE, Santa Barbara County Fire, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

North Zone Fire Report: Firefighters continue to extend containment line along the fire edge and add to the percentage of containment. An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is in use to detect heat from the air to assist crews in locating and extinguishing hotspots and smoldering embers. Shifting winds today and an extreme heat warning tomorrow may increase fire behavior. The use of fire retardant from aircraft has been very successful in assisting ground crews.

South Zone Fire Report: Fire held to control lines with no further growth expected, crews continue to mop up and pull hose. Small, isolated instances of heat remain interior. For more detailed information related to the Lake Fire, visit the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management External Link.

Forecast for Thursday: Warming conditions continue with widespread afternoon highs in the 90s under sunny skies. Humidity continues to decrease. Northwest onshore wind gusts of 15-20 mph are anticipated

Lake Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley on July 14, 2024 (Photo: US Forest Service)

More Evacuation Orders Cancelled as Lake Fire Reaches 42 Percent Containment

Firefighters on the scene of the Lake Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley on July 14, 2024 (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Update by the edhat staff
3:30 p.m., July 17, 2024

Effective Wednesday, July 17, 2024, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled additional Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings while maintaining orders and warnings in areas unsafe for the public.
 
Evacuation Orders and Warnings CANCELLED for:
  • Areas south of the fire perimeter 
The following areas remain under an EVACUATION ORDER:
  • Area between the western fire perimeter and the Los Padres National Forest Fire Area Closure
  • Area east of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, south of the Los Padres National Forest boundary, and north of the Sisquoc River 
The following area remains under an EVACUATION WARNING:
  • Area east of Kelly Canyon, north of Sisquoc River, west of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, and south of the Los Padres National Forest
 
Residents can utilize the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to type in their address to see if their property remains under an evacuation order or evacuation warning area. All residents in evacuation warning areas should remain vigilant.
All roads, trails, and recreational areas within the Los Padres National Forest Fire Area Closure remain closed. Take caution when returning home as emergency personnel continue working in the area. Remain vigilant of changing conditions.
 
Returning Home:
  • If your animals were evacuated and housed with Santa Barbara County Animal Services or at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Grounds, please retrieve them as soon as possible.
  • Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers may remain. Please exercise safety precautions when returning to your home. Find information about ash cleanup and more, by visiting the ReadySBC Recovery section.
    • Printed copies of information for those returning home can be picked up at the Solvang Sheriff Station, located at 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA. 93463. This station is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed 12-1 p.m.).
  • If you find fire or other emergencies, stay away and call 911.
  • If you find damaged utilities, report them to your local utility company.
 
Reporting Damages:
Community members are strongly encouraged to report damages to their private property and businesses along with farm-related and agricultural damages. The information collected will assist public safety officials in understanding local impacts and advocating for state and federal assistance. Financial assistance is not currently available. 
 
Resources for economic recovery will be publicized if they become available. Stay connected by visiting  ReadySBC | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website often for updates.

 

 


Update by the edhat staff
9:30 a.m., July 17, 2024

The Lake Fire has reached 38,663 acres and is 42% contained. There are 3,247 personnel on the scene.

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 38,663
  • Containment: 42%
  • Structures Threatened: 66
  • Structures Destroyed: 3
  • Structures Damaged: 1
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 6
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Below is the latest update from the US Forest Service:

North Zone Fire Report: Favorable weather and fire behavior provided an opportunity for firefighters to extend containment line along the fire edge with increasing confidence that the Lake Fire will not escape those lines. Dozer work is near completion. Along the southeast portion of the fire, firefighters continue working to search and destroy smoldering embers and connect containment lines across the less accessible portions of the fire edge.

South Zone Fire Report: Today crews increased containment lines and continued mop up. Creeping, smoldering, and low-intensity pockets are well interior of the fire perimeter. For more detailed information related to the Lake Fire, visit the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management website at www.ReadySBC.org.

Forecast for Wednesday: Slightly warmer and drier as high pressure begins to build. Expect highs generally in the upper 80s to mid-90s under full sunshine. Afternoon northwest winds 5-10 mph with gusts 15-20 mph.

Donations: We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. We ask that any donations or volunteer efforts be directed to local food banks to assist the community and those displaced by the fire. Lake Fire Incident Command posts cannot accept donations.

Updated Lake Fire Area Closure: The Los Padres National Forest has increased the area closure for lands affected by the Lake Fire. View the Closure Order & Closure Order Map.  This will remain in effect until August 18, 2024, or until revised or rescinded.

Smoke: As air quality conditions improve, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) —Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have lifted the Air Quality Alert in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Air

Quality Watch will remain in place countywide, and air quality conditions are forecasted to be good to moderate throughout the county.

Evacuation Areas: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff has reduced some of the Evacuation orders and warnings:  See the most recent updates: https://www.readysbc.org/4275/Lake-Fire-Incident—July-2024 Register for emergency alerts at ReadySBC.org.

Road Closures: Visit the County Road Closure Map for more details.

  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary
  • Figueroa Mountain just north of Midland School
  • Forest Route 10N06
  • Zaca Lake Road east of Foxen Canyon Road

 

 


Update by the edhat staff
7:30 p.m., July 15, 2024

Community Advised to Exercise Caution in Returning Home

The Lake Fire is now 38,430 acres at 38% containment.

Effective Monday, July 15, 2024, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled several Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings while maintaining orders and warnings in areas unsafe for the public.

  • Evacuation Orders remain in place for areas currently unsafe for the public to return to. These are remote areas, some without identifiable landmarks. See map for details.
  • Evacuation Warnings remain in place for:
    • Area east of Kelly Canyon, north of Sisquoc River, west of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, and south of the Los Padres National Forest
    • Area starting at the south end of Cachuma Creek, northeast of Santa Cruz Creek to Santa Cruz Peak, west through Grand Spring, and to the northern part of Cachuma Creek
New evacuation orders, warnings, and cancellations as of 6:30 p.m. July 25, 2024 for the Lake Fire (courtesy)

Residents can utilize the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to type in their address to see if their property remains under an evacuation order or evacuation warning area. All residents in evacuation warning areas should remain vigilant.

Exercise caution while driving back home as public safety and utility vehicles continue to conduct operations in the area.

For persons returning home:

  • If your animals were evacuated and housed with Santa Barbara County Animal Services or at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Grounds, please retrieve them as soon as possible.
  • Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers may remain. Please exercise safety precautions when returning to your home. Find information about ash cleanup and more, by visiting the ReadySBC Recovery section. Printed copies of information for those returning home can be picked up at the Solvang Sheriff Station, located at 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA. 93463. This station is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed 12-1 p.m.).
  • If you find any of these conditions:
    • Fire or other emergencies, stay away and call 911
    • Damaged utilities, report them to your local utility
  • For questions, please call the County Call Center at 1(833) 688-5551. The Call Center is open until 6 p.m. on July 15 and will reopen at 9 a.m. on July 16.

Evacuation warning and order areas may continue to change while Lake Fire conditions evolve. Stay connected to official sources to keep informed.


Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 15, 2024

The Lake Fire is now 38,430 acres at 34% containment.

North Zone Fire Report: Firefighters continue making good progress as increased humidity and cooler temperatures reduced fire activity. On the north portion of the fire perimeter, firefighters continue to secure the fire edge along the Sisquoc River. Crews will be inserted into remote portions of the Zaca Ridge area via helicopter to be positioned to increase containment lines. Along the southeast portion of the fire, firefighters continue “mop up” which is the finding and extinguishing of any smoldering materials near the fire line.

South Zone Fire Report: Crews are making continued progress strengthening control lines around the Lake Fire. There was decreased fire activity overnight due to improved weather conditions. The Happy Canyon and Figueroa Contingency Groups have completed construction of contingency lines.

Forecast Report for Monday: Highs in the 80s and lower 90s. Afternoon humidity values will trend slightly drier with readings forecast from 18-32% across much of the fire. Afternoon northwest winds 5-10 mph with gusts 15-20 mph.

Donations: We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. We ask that any donations or volunteer efforts be directed to local food banks to assist the community and those displaced by fire. Lake Fire Incident Command Posts cannot accept donations.

Lake Fire Area Closure: The Los Padres National Forest has increased the area closure for lands affected by the Lake Fire. View the Closure Order & Closure Order Map.  This will remain in effect until August 18, 2024, or until revised or rescinded.

Smoke: Yesterday, smoke production from the Lake fire was moderated and transported to the north and northeast. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have updated the Air Quality Alert which includes the Santa Ynez Valley and other areas in proximity to the Lake Fire.

Evacuation Areas: The Santa Barbara County Sherrif has reduced some of the Evacuation orders and warnings:  See the most recent updates: https://www.readysbc.org/4275/Lake-Fire-Incident—July-2024 Register for emergency alerts at ReadySBC.org.

Road Closures: Visit the County Road Closure Map for more details.


Update by the edhat staff
6:00 p.m., July 14, 2024

The Lake Fire is now 38,523 acres with 34% containment and as of Sunday evening. Evacuation orders and warnings remain the same as Saturday but road closures have been updated.

North Zone Fire Report: Firefighters were able to make good progress as increased humidity and cooler temperatures reduced fire activity. On the north portion of the fire perimeter, the fire continues to slowly back down to the Sisquoc River and crews are working close to the fire’s edge. A new “spike camp” is situated in this area for firefighters. Around Zaca Ridge, spot fires near Davey Brown and Ranger Peak are being contained and tied into the main fire.

South Zone Fire Report: There was an increase in humidity overnight which brought a decrease in activity over the Lake Fire. There were some uphill runs of the fire in the early part of the evening. High temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-80s to lower 90s Sunday.

Forecast Report for Sunday: There will be a gradual transition back to a WNW flow pattern with a return to mostly clear skies as monsoonal moisture wanes. High temperatures rise into the mid-80s to near 90. General winds will be out of the WNW at 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph during the afternoon hours.

Donations: We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. We ask that any donations or volunteer efforts be directed to local food banks to assist the community and those displaced by fire. Lake Fire Incident Command Posts can not accept donations.

Updated Lake Fire Area Closure: The Los Padres National Forest has increased the area closure for lands affected by the Lake Fire. View the Closure Order & Closure Order Map.  This will remain in effect until August 18, 2024, or until revised or rescinded. 

Smoke: The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have updated the Air Quality Alert which includes the Santa Ynez Valley and other areas in proximity to the Lake Fire. 

Evacuation Areas: The Santa Barbara County Sherrif has reduced some of the Evacuation orders and warnings:  See the most recent updates:https://www.readysbc.org/4275/Lake-Fire-Incident—July-2024 Register for emergency alerts at ReadySBC.org. 

Road Closures: Visit the County Road Closure Map for more details.

·         Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary

·         Figueroa Mountain Road at 1/2 mile north of Highway 154

·         Calzada Avenue and Brinkerhofff Avenue at Roblar


Evacuation Orders Relaxed for Some in Lake Fire Response

Firefighters battling the Lake Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley on July 13, 2024 (Photo: US Forest Service)

Update by the edhat staff
7:00 p.m., July 13, 2024

The Lake Fire is now 37,872 acres with 19% containment and as of Saturday evening, evacuation orders and warnings have been adjusted.

Effective Saturday, July 13, 2024, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following changes to EVACUATION ORDERS AND EVACUATION WARNINGS:

  • Evacuation Orders DOWNGRADED to EVACUATION WARNINGS for:
    • The area north of Chamberlin Ranch and properties located southwest of the 5200 block of Figueroa Mountain Road. This excludes the area to the east of Lisque Creek and north of the Sedgwick Reserve facilities, which remains in Evacuation Order.
    • The Woodstock community and eastern parts of Oak Trail Estates.
    • The area of KP Ranch west of Alisos Road, and includes parts of Estelle Vineyard Drive, Santa Agueda Creek, and Brinkerhoff Avenue.
  • Evacuation Warnings CANCELLED for:
  • The area east of Highway 154, north of Armour Ranch Road/Secretariate St, west of Alisos Rd, and south of the Woodstock and KP Ranch.
  • The area east of Figueroa Mountain Road, north of Highway 154, west of Calzada Ave/W Oak Trail Rd and south of Woodstock Rd.
New evacuation orders, warnings, and cancellations as of 7:00 p.m. July 13, 2024 for the Lake Fire (courtesy)

CAUTION: Exercise caution while driving back home as public safety and utility vehicles continue to conduct operations in the area.

For persons in the areas described above:

  • If your animals were evacuated and being housed with Santa Barbara County Animal Services or at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Grounds, please retrieve them as soon as you are able.
  • A reminder for those persons now under an Evacuation Warning, you are still asked to be prepared to leave, if needed. Leave if you feel unsafe at any point. People with disabilities and people with large animals should consider remaining out of the evacuation warning area until the warning is cancelled.
  • Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers may remain.  Please exercise safety precautions when returning to your home. Find information about ash cleanup and more, by visiting the ReadySBC Recovery section. Packets with this information will also be made available at key locations in the community and will be listed at ReadySBC.org.
  • If you find any of these conditions:
    • Fire or other emergencies, stay away and call 911
    • Damaged utilities, report them to your local utility
  • For questions, please call the County Call Center at 1(833) 688-5551. The Call Center is open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

All previously issued EVACUATION WARNINGS and EVACUATION ORDERS remain in effect and may be reviewed at Lake Fire Incident – July 2024 | Incendio Lake | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org).

Residents can utilize the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to type in their address to see if their property falls within the highlighted areas. All residents in evacuation warning areas should remain vigilant.

Evacuation warning and order areas may continue to change while Lake Fire conditions evolve. Stay connected to official sources to keep informed.

FIRE ACTIVITY

North Zone Fire Activity: On the north portion of the fire perimeter, the fire continues to slowly back down to the Sisquoc River. Due to increased humidity, fire behavior today will be subdued, allowing crews to work closer to the fire edge. The fire continues to be more active in the Davey Brown area, Ranger Peak and Goat Rock areas. The fire is moving as planned to the established control lines, with crews focusing on any spot fires escaping those lines. Ground crews continue to work with various aircraft as needed to assist with suppression tactics.

South Zone Fire Activity: Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up hot spots and strengthening control lines on the Lake Fire. Firefighters have conducted firing operations to create a buffer zone in areas of the fire, and they continue to strengthen control lines, identifying and extinguishing any remaining hot spots within the fire perimeter. Today, crews continue to actively fight fire while working on strengthening containment and control lines.

Forecast for Saturday: A 10-20% chance of mainly dry thunderstorms through the day capable of producing lightning strikes along with gusty outflow winds. Otherwise partly cloudy skies and slightly cooler with highs in the upper 80s to upper 90s. General winds Southwest 6-12 mph with gusts 20-25 mph but much stronger gusts possible with thunderstorm outflows.

Updated Lake Fire Area Closure: The Los Padres National Forest has increased the area closure for lands affected by the Lake Fire. View the Closure Order & Closure Order Map.  This will remain in effect until August 18, 2024, or until revised or rescinded.

Smoke: The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have updated the Air Quality Alert which includes the Santa Ynez Valley and other areas in proximity to the Lake Fire.


Evacuation Order Adjustments as Lake Fire Reaches 36,707 Acres

Lake Fire (US Forest Service Photo)

Update by the edhat staff
1:00 p.m., July 12, 2024

The Lake Fire is now 36,707 acres with 16% containment. Incident Command has adjusted the evacuation orders and warnings, see below.

Evacuation Order & Warnings Updates as of July 12, 1:00pm

Evacuation Orders and Warnings for the Lake Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley as of 1:00 p.m. on July 12, 2024 (courtesy)

Fire perimeter advisement: Please note that fire maps indicate the general burn area but do not detail the measures being taken to protect buildings and homes. Even if a building or home is within the marked fire perimeter, it doesn’t necessarily mean it has been damaged or destroyed. These maps are preliminary and may be updated.

Evacuation Warning upgraded to EVACUATION ORDER – The area of KP Ranch west of Alisos Road, and includes parts of Estelle Vineyard Dr., Santa Agueda Creek, and Brinkerhoff Ave.

Evacuation Order downgraded to EVACUATION WARNING – Properties between the 5200-6600 blocks of Foxen Canyon Rd.

The following areas are under an EVACUATION ORDER:

  • The area east of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, south of the Los Padres National Forest boundary, and north of the Sisquoc River
  • Woodstock (Areas north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Rd., west of Happy Canyon, and south of the Sisquoc River)
  • Goat Rock Areas (Area of Goat Rock, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road, and south of Cachuma Mountain)
  • SB Ranger area (remote forest area east of Goat Rock)
  • Parts of the Figueroa Mountain area as follows: south of Tunnel House at Sisquoc River, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the southern end of Cachuma Mountain, and west of Los Padres National Forest areas
  • All areas from Figueroa Mountain Road at Junction Camp (including Tunnel Rd) to Chamberlin Ranch and all areas from Zaca Lake Rd at Foxen Canyon Road north to the Sisquoc River including east of Foxen Canyon Road to the 9000 block.

The following areas are under an EVACUATION WARNING:

  • Area east of Kelly Canyon, north of Sisquoc River, west of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, and south of the Los Padres National Forest.
  • Area starting at the south end of Cachuma Creek, northeast of Santa Cruz Creek to Santa Cruz Peak, west through Grand Spring, and to the northern part of Cachuma Creek.
  • Area east and north of Alisos Rd (L-shaped road), west of Cachuma Creek, and south of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road.
  • Area east of Highway 154, north of Armour Ranch Road/Secretariate St, west of Alisos Rd, and south of the Woodstock area.
  • Areas north of Zaca Creek Road to Rancho Sisquoc and south of the Sisquoc River
  • Area east of Figueroa Mountain Road, north of Highway 154, west of Calzada Ave/W Oak Trail Rd and south of Woodstock Rd.

Note: Highway 154 is not within the Evacuation Warning and remains open at this time.

Road Closures:

  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary
  • Foxen Canyon Road from Zaca Station Road to Tepusquet Road
  • Figueroa Mountain Road at 1/2 mile north of Highway 154.
  • Calzada Avenue at Roblar
  • Brinkerhoff Avenue at Roblar
  • Visit the County Road Closure Map for more details.

Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice if you live in an EVACUATION WARNING area described above. Prepare family members, pets and essential items. If you feel threatened at any time, leave immediately. Do not wait for an alert to evacuate. People with disabilities, access and functional needs should leave now. People with large animals should leave now.

For additional information regarding evacuation shelters, and other information related to the Lake Fire, contact the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551. The Call Center is open from 9am – 7pm daily.

Fire Activity and Status Report

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 36,707
  • Containment: 16%
  • Structures Threatened: 794
  • Structures Destroyed: 3
  • Structures Damaged: 1
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 5
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

North Zone Fire Activity: On the north end, the fire continues to slowly back down to the Sisquoc River. Fire crews have spent several days preparing this area to hold the fire at the river. The fire is slowly working its way down Lion Canyon. To the east, the fire continues to hold along Zaca Ridge. On the south end, the fire continues to actively move south and east through the Davey Brown area, Ranger Peak and Goat Rock areas. Once holding lines are secure, tactical firing operations will be used in the coming days to reduce burnable fuels ahead of the fire. Ground crews continue to work with various aircraft as needed to assist with suppression tactics.

South Zone Fire Activity: Firefighters have conducted firing operations to create a buffer zone in areas of the fire, and they continue to strengthen control lines, identifying and extinguishing any remaining hot spots within the fire perimeter. Today, crews continue to actively fight fire while working on strengthening containment and control lines.

Forecast for Friday: No significant changes are expected. Winds will remain in a westerly direction, with speeds generally light at 5-10 mph and gusts up to 15 mph, with some local gusts reaching 25 mph on ridges above 3500 feet. Afternoon highs will return to the 90s to near 100, with relative humidity values dropping to 10-20%.

Smoke: The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have updated the Air Quality Alert which includes the Santa Ynez Valley and other areas in close proximity to the Lake Fire.

Los Padres National Forest  recreation areas with the Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia Ranger Districts may be impacted by smoke and ash from the Lake Fire. A portion of the Los Padres NF is closed, please refer to the Closure order and Closure map for further information.

 


New Evacuations Issued, Lake Fire Reaches 34,015 Acres with 793 Threatened Structures

Santa Barbara County Fire Department and CalFire on the scene of the Lake Fire on July 11, 2024 (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Update by the edhat staff
1:00 p.m., July 11, 2024

The Lake Fire has reached 34,015 acres with 16% contained with 793 structures threatened.

The Unified Command announced the fire is now split into a North and South Zone as the fire expands in acreage and personnel, with two fire camps to support firefighting efforts.

An excessive heat warning continues with temperatures reaching 106 degrees on the fire line yesterday. Safety of firefighters and rapid medical response remains the top priority. Expect smoke over the fire today.

North Zone Fire Activity: The Lake Fire has not crossed Happy Canyon Road as crews hold the fire. The Davy Brown area has moderate fire behavior. Ground crews are doing good work in efforts to manage fire spread around the Sisquoc River Drainage. Tactical firing operations are working well to reduce burnable fuels ahead of the fire and continue today. Ground crews are working with various aircraft today to help with suppression tactics.

South North Zone Fire Activity: The fire has now been divided into two zones, the North Zone led by CIIMT13 with USFS and the South Zone led by IMT5 with CAL Fire. The purpose of zoning the fire is to ensure strategic, logistical, and operational functions are met; as this fire has grown in complexity. Today, crews continue to actively fight fire while working on strengthening containment and control lines.

Tactical firing operations will continue over the next couple of days on the south and south-east side of the fire to control fire spread. A large spot fire crossed the line Wednesday, but is being tied back via dozer line to the planned control lines. Westerly winds are assisting firefighters in keeping the fire from moving west toward ranches and communities.

Crews will be continuing to improve primary and contingency lines in the northern portion of the fire area with the intent of burning out along certain portions to create solid control lines. Along much of the east portions of the fire, little growth has been seen as the fire moves into the 2007 Zaca Fire scar.

The fire has now been divided into two zones, the North Zone led by CIIMT13 with USFS and the South Zone led by IMT5 with CAL Fire. The purpose of zoning the fire is to ensure strategic, logistical, and operational functions are met; as this fire has grown in complexity.

Forecast for Thursday: No significant changes are expected. Winds will shift to a more westerly direction, with speeds generally light at 5-10 mph and gusts up to 15 mph, with some local gusts reaching 25 mph on ridges above 3500 feet. Afternoon highs will return to the 90s, with relative humidity values dropping to 10-20%.

Approximately 2,166 people within the evacuation warnings and order areas have been impacted by this fire.

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 34,015
  • Containment: 16%
  • Structures Threatened: 793
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Structures Damaged: 6
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 4
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Evacuation Orders and Warnings

The following areas are under an EVACUATION ORDER:

  • The area east of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, south of the Los Padres National Forest boundary, and north of the Sisquoc River
  • Woodstock (Areas north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Rd., west of Happy Canyon, and south of the Sisquoc River)
  • Goat Rock Areas (Area of Goat Rock, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road, and south of Cachuma Mountain)
  • SB Ranger area (remote forest area east of Goat Rock)
  • Parts of the Figueroa Mountain area as follows: south of Tunnel House at Sisquoc River, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the southern end of Cachuma Mountain, and west of Los Padres National Forest areas
  • All areas from Figueroa Mountain Road at Junction Camp (including Tunnel Rd) to Chamberlin Ranch and all areas from Zaca Lake Rd at Foxen Canyon Road north to the Sisquoc River including east of Foxen Canyon Road to the 9000 block.

The following areas are under an EVACUATION WARNING:

  • Area east of Kelly Canyon, north of Sisquoc River, west of La Brea Creek and Forest Route 10N06, and south of the Los Padres National Forest.
  • Area starting at the south end of Cachuma Creek, northeast of Santa Cruz Creek to Santa Cruz Peak, west through Grand Spring, and to the northern part of Cachuma Creek.
  • Area east and north of Alisos Rd (L-shaped road), west of Cachuma Creek, and south of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road.
  • Area east of Highway 154, north of Armour Ranch Road/Secretariate St, west of Alisos Rd, and south of the Woodstock area.
  • Area east of Figueroa Mountain Road, north of Highway 154, west of Calzada Ave/W Oak Trail Rd and south of Woodstock Rd.

Note: Highway 154 is not within the Evacuation Warning and remains open at this time.

Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice if you live in an EVACUATION WARNING area described above. Prepare family members, pets and essential items. If you feel threatened at any time, leave immediately. Do not wait for an alert to evacuate. People with disabilities, access and functional needs should leave now. People with large animals should leave now.

For additional information regarding evacuation shelters, and other information related to the Lake Fire, contact the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.

Road Closures

CLICK HERE for a map of the most current Road Closures:

  • Happy Canyon Road: Closed at forest boundary due to Lake Fire.
  • Foxen Canyon Road: Closed at Zaca Station Road and Tepusquet Road due to Lake Fire.
  • Figueroa Mountain Road: Closed at Midland School due ot Lake Fire.
  • Old San Marcos Road: Closed due to Caltrans closure of Highway 154.
  • Calzada Avenue at Roblar
  • Brinkerhoff Avenue at Roblar

Lake Fire Reaches 29,187 Acres with 590 Threatened Structures

Aerial view of the Lake Fire on July 9, 2024 (Photo: US Forest Service)

Update by the edhat staff
9:30 p.m., July 10, 2024

As of Wednesday evening the Lake Fire has reached 29,187 acres with 16% containment. There are currently 590 structures threatened with four damaged, three damaged recreation residences and one damaged out building.

Today, crews extinguished hot spots, improved containment lines along the northeaster perimeter. Tactical firing operations went well ahead of the fire to control fire spread. The firing operation on the southeaster edge of the fire perimeter went as fire behavior analysts planned. This firing operation will keep the fire from impacting communities south of the fire in Los Olivos.

The fire perimeter is approximately 8 to 9 miles from Los Olivos. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office has reported the fire has impacted approximately 1,165 people in the evacuation warning and 441 people in the evacuation order areas.

On Tuesday night the fire continued to burn, with crews going direct to ensure it remained within contingency lines. However, the U.S. Forest Service called it a “quiet night.”

There have been some firefighter injuries but they were not life threatening. Medical response has been quick and effective as firefighter safety remains the top priority. An excessive heat warning continues in the fire area.

Evacuation orders and road closures remain the same as below (July 9).

Updated Evacuation Areas for the Lake Fire as of July 9, 2024. (courtesy)

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 28,987
  • Containment: 16%
  • Structures Threatened: 590
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Structures Damaged: 4
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 4
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Evacuations Expanded Again as Lake Fire Moves Toward Goat Rock

Lake Fire on July 9, 2024 (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Update by the edhat staff
3:00 p.m., July 9, 2024

On Tuesday afternoon, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office issued updated EVACUATION ORDERS and EVACUATION WARNINGS due to threats to life and safety caused by the Lake Fire. (see below)

Overnight aviation resources with Santa Barbara County were able to make water drops to prevent the fire from making significant growth. Fire activity continued in the overnight hours in the wilderness area on the east side of the fire footprint. It resulted in significant smoke and expanded evacuation orders for remote areas.

The main priority is to prevent the fire from moving toward communities to the south. There is a Red Flag Warning issued for the fire area with strong winds, potential for longer fire spotting distances along with hot, dry conditions. Damage assessments are ongoing as crews locate any structures impacted by the fire.

EVACUATION ORDERS 

View the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to see if your property falls within the highlighted areas.

  • EVACUATION ORDER: Parts of the Figueroa Mountain area, south of Tunnel House at Sisquoc River, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the southern end of Cachuma Mountain, and west of Los Padres National Forest areas.
  • EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for the identified properties and parcels north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Rd, west of Happy Canyon, and south of the Sisquoc River areas.
  • EVACUATION WARNING is still in effect for the areas north of Zaca Lake Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and from the 9000 block and north to the Sisquoc River (including Rancho Sisquoc).
  • EVACUATION WARNING upgraded to EVACUATION ORDER for all areas from Figueroa Mountain Road at Junction Camp (including Tunnel Rd) to Chamberlin Ranch and all areas from Zaca Lake Rd at Foxen Canyon Road north to the Sisquoc River including east of Foxen Canyon Road to the 9000 block.
  • EVACUATION WARNING upgraded to EVACUATION ORDER for the area of Goat Rock, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the U.S. Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road, and south of Cachuma Mountain
  • ALL EVACUATION WARNINGS and EVACUATION ORDERS in effect may be reviewed at Lake Fire Incident – July 2024 | Incendio Lake | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org)
  • Sheltering support call 805-678-3073; Animal evacuations call 805-698-0212.
  • Are you a farmer or rancher, and need limited access to your property?  Learn about the Santa Barbara Ag Pass Program. Advanced registration and training required.
Updated Evacuation Areas for the Lake Fire as of 3:00 p.m. on July 9, 2024. (courtesy)

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary
  • Foxen Canyon Road at the Zaca Station Road and Alisos Canyon Road
  • Figueroa Mountain Road at 1/2 mile from Hwy 154.
  • Calzada Avenue at Roblar.
  • Old San Marcos Road closed due to Highway 154 closure

AREA CLOSURE: The Los Padres National Forest has issued an area closure for lands affected by the Lake Fire.  View the Closure Order Map. 

Note: Highway 154 is not within the Evacuation Warning area and remains open at this time.
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Leadership at the Unified-Incident Command Post for the Lake Fire (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

 WEATHER

A Red Flag Warning is in effect with strong winds, potential for longer fire spotting distances along with hot, dry conditions. Due to the inversion layers, it is 40 to 50 degrees warmer above the 2000′ level than it is along the lower, coastal areas.  This warmer, dry, and windy weather will result in increased fire growth relative to previous days.

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 26,986
  • Containment: 12%
  • Structures Threatened: 500
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Structures Damaged: 1
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 3
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0


Lake Fire Grows to 26,176 Acres, 500 Homes Threatened

Fire authorities at the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County (courtesy)

Update by the edhat staff
10:00 a.m., July 9, 2024

Overnight aviation resources with Santa Barbara County were able to make water drops to prevent the fire from making significant growth. Fire activity continued in the overnight hours in the wilderness area on the east side of the fire footprint. It resulted in significant smoke and expanded evacuation orders for remote areas.

The main priority is to prevent the fire from moving toward communities to the south. There is a Red Flag Warning issued for the fire area with strong winds, potential for longer fire spotting distances along with hot, dry conditions. Damage assessments are ongoing as crews locate any structures impacted by the fire.

Public Information Officers return to Santa Ynez today and will place fire information at key locations. Firefighter safety and quick medical response to illness or injury remains the top priority as crews are on the watch out for heat exhaustion and are working in hazardous terrain.

Evacuation orders and road closures remain the same as below.

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 26,176
  • Containment: 12%
  • Structures Threatened: 500
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Structures Damaged: 1
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 3
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Expanded Evacuation Orders Issued for Lake Fire on Monday Evening

Lake Fire on July 8, 2024 (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Update by the edhat staff
9:00 p.m., July 8, 2024

On Monday evening authorities expanded evacuation orders and warnings due to threats to life and safety caused by the Lake Fire.

A smoke column was visible much of the day as a result of the Lake Fire burning up Figueroa Mountain around the day use area. There was not significant fire growth today because crews went direct with extinguishing spot fires.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for the fire area tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12:00pm to 9:00 pm. Low relative humidities will continue to challenge firefighters.

EVACUATION ORDERS

View the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to see if your property falls within the highlighted areas.

  • The Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER for parts of the Figueroa Mountain area as follows: south of Tunnel House at Sisquoc River, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the southern end of Cachuma Mountain, and west of Los Padres National Forest areas, due to the Lake Fire.  Leave the area immediately.
  • The Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION WARNING for the area of Goat Rock, east of Figueroa Creek, north of the US Forest Service entrance at Happy Canyon Road, and south of Cachuma Mountain due to the Lake Fire.
  • EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for the identified properties and parcels north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Rd, west of Happy Canyon, and south of the Sisquoc River areas.
  • EVACUATION WARNING is still in effect for the areas north of Zaca Lake Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and from the 9000 block and north to the Sisquoc River (including Rancho Sisquoc).
  • EVACUATION WARNING upgraded to EVACUATION ORDER for all areas from Figueroa Mountain Road at Junction Camp (including Tunnel Rd) to Chamberlin Ranch and all areas from Zaca Lake Rd at Foxen Canyon Road north to the Sisquoc River including east of Foxen Canyon Road to the 9000 block.
  • ALL EVACUATION WARNINGS and EVACUATION ORDERS in effect may be reviewed at Lake Fire Incident – July 2024 | Incendio Lake | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org)External Link.
Evacuation Areas for the Lake Fire as of 7:00 p.m. on July 8, 2024. (courtesy)

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Happy Canyon Road: Closed at forest boundary due to Lake Fire.
  • Foxen Canyon Road: Closed at Zaca Station Road and Tepusquet Road due to Lake Fire.
  • Figueroa Mountain Road: Closed at Midland School due ot Lake Fire.
  • Old San Marcos Road: Closed due to Caltrans closure of Highway 154.
  • Brinkerhoff Ave at Roblar Ave

To sign-up or update your account for Santa Barbara County Alerts, please visit: Prepare | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org)

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INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 21,763
  • Containment: 8%
  • Structures Threatened: 60
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Structures Damaged: 1
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 1
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

SHELTER

American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall – 1745 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463.

RESOURCES


Lake Fire Reaches 20,320 Acres, Evacuations Remain

On July 5, 2024, firefighters from the Los Padres National Forest and Santa Barbara County Fire responded to a vegetation fire near Zaca Lake that grew rapidly through grass and brush during a prolonged heat wave across the west coast. (Photo: US Forest Service)

Update by the edhat staff
11:00 a.m., July 8, 2024

The Lake Fire has now burned 20,320 acres and is 8% contained, as of Monday morning. The evacuation orders and warnings remain, see below for more information.

Overnight firefighters continued to construct containment lines along the southern fire perimeter. On the southwestern area of the fire, crews went direct to minimize fire growth and extinguish hot spots. Most of the fire ignition and growth continues along the southeast portion of the fire with fire growth continuing last night. The fire continues to burn in dry grass, brush, a timber.

Yesterday, aviation resources were able to limit fire growth, but were limited by poor visibility due to smoke. Additional fire growth is possible in the coming days with wind driving fire spread and record low moisture levels.

Incident Commander Boehm addresses the troops at the Morning Briefing, July 7, 2024 during the Lake Fire (courtesy)

Projected fire activity includes large growth and an increase in fire behavior. The fire will continue to spread to the southeast and in areas of available fuel. High-intensity burning, rapid rates of spread, torching/crowning, and mid-range spotting. Active fire growth and significant growth is expected Monday when the fire reaches slope reversals, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

In the next 24 hours, due to increased heat and decreased relative humidity, there is an additional increased chance of significant fire spread. Wind-driven to the south and upslope winds will continue to drive fire spread. In the next 48 hours, continued hot and dry weather combined with high fine fuel loading will result in continued fire spread, especially when slopes and wind align, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Fire crews will be focused on life and property for their top priorities. They will be providing structure protection to values at risk. When they are able to construct fire line on the fires edge they will do so. They are also constructing fire line in locations where they find opportunities for successfully stopping the advancing fire.

EVACUATION ORDERS

View the Santa Barbara County 2024 LAKE FIRE Incident Map to see if your property falls within the highlighted areas.

Effective Sunday July 7, the following areas have been updated for EVACUATION WARNINGS and EVACUATION ORDERS due to threats to life and safety caused by the Lake Fire.

  •  EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for the identified properties and parcels north of Calzada Ave, east of E. Oak Trail Rd, west of Happy Canyon, and south of the Sisquoc River areas.
  • EVACUATION WARNING is still in effect for the areas north of Zaca Lake Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and from the 9000 block and north to the Sisquoc River (including Rancho Sisquoc).
  • EVACUATION WARNING upgraded to EVACUATION ORDER for all areas from Figueroa Mountain Road at Junction Camp (including Tunnel Rd) to Chamberlin Ranch and all areas from Zaca Lake Rd at Foxen Canyon Road north to the Sisquoc River including east of Foxen Canyon Road to the 9000 block.
  • ALL EVACUATION WARNINGS and EVACUATION ORDERS in effect may be reviewed at Lake Fire Incident – July 2024 | Incendio Lake | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org)
  • Sheltering support call 805-678-3073; Animal evacuations call 805-698-0212.
  • Are you a farmer or rancher, and need limited access to your property?  Learn about the Santa Barbara Ag Pass Program. Advanced registration and training required.
Evacuation Areas for the Lake Fire as of 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2024

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary
  • Foxen Canyon Road at the Zaca Station Road and Alisos Canyon Road
  • Figueroa Mountain Road at Midland School.

To sign-up or update your account for Santa Barbara County Alerts, please visit: Prepare | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org)

INCIDENT FACTS

  • Acres: 20,320
  • Containment: 8%
  • Structures Threatened: 60
  • Structures Destroyed: 0
  • Structures Damaged: 1
  • Civilian Injuries: 0
  • Firefighter Injuries: 1
  • Civilian Fatalities: 0
  • Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Lake Fire is 16,452 Acres, New Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued

On July 5, 2024, firefighters from the Los Padres National Forest and Santa Barbara County Fire responded to a vegetation fire near Zaca Lake that grew rapidly through grass and brush during a prolonged heat wave across the west coast. (Photo: US Forest Service)

Update by the edhat staff
8:30 p.m., July 7, 2024

The Lake Fire has now burned 16,452 acres and is 8% contained, as of Sunday evening. There are approximately 1,000 firefighters assigned to the incident, along with a full complement of air resources. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber in rugged terrain that is difficult for fire crews to access in certain areas.

Effective Sunday evening, are updates to the Evacuation Warnings and Orders due to threats to life and safety caused by the Lake Fire.

EVACUATION ORDERS – View the Interactive Esri Evacuation Map

Evacuation Areas for the Lake Fire as of 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2024

INCIDENT FACTS

Structures Threatened: 60
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 1
Civilian Injuries: 0
Firefighter Injuries: 1
Civilian Fatalities: 0
Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Satellite imagery of the Lake Fire on July 7, 2024 by NASA FIRMS
(Fire Information for Resource Management System)

RESOURCES


Lake Fire is 16,452 Acres, Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued

Update by the edhat staff
3:30 p.m., July 7, 2024

The Lake Fire is currently estimated at 16,452 acres with 0% containment, and continues to actively burn.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

A significant number of firefighting resources have been ordered for the incident, including hand-crews, engines, dozers, and fixed and rotor wing aircraft. A Complex Incident Management Team has taken operational control of the fire as of Sunday morning. This will allow the initial fire crews and managers to get some rest.

Fire crews currently assigned are fighting the fire aggressively with the public and their safety as the top priority.

EVACUATION ORDERS – View the Interactive Esri Evacuation Map

  • Figueroa Mountain Road from the Forest Station to Chamberlin Ranch.
  • Sheltering support call 805-678-3073; Animal evacuations call 805-698-0212.
  • Are you a farmer or rancher, and need limited access to your property?  Learn about the Santa Barbara Ag Pass Program. Advanced registration and training required.

July 6 at 10:40 PM: The Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER for Figueroa Mountain Road from 5380 Figueroa Mountain Road (also known as the Grass Mountain Trail Head) to the neighborhood within Sawmill Basin, including Tunnel Road and the Figueroa Campground. People in this EVACUATION ORDER area should leave immediately.

EVACUATION WARNINGS

  • North of Zaca Lake Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and South of the Sisquoc River.
Evacuation Warning area and newly added mandatory evacuation order for the Lake Fire as of 10:00 p.m. on July 6, 2024

EVACUATION SHELTER

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at Solvang Veterans Memorial (1745 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463) for evacuees affected by the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County.

Safe shelter, meals and snacks, water and additional resources are available to all.

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Happy Canyon Road at the Forest Service Boundary
  • Foxen Canyon Road at the Zaca Station Road and Alisos Canyon Road
  • Figueroa Mountain Road at Midland School.

To sign-up or update your account for Santa Barbara County Alerts, please visit: Prepare | Santa Barbara County, CA – Official Website (readysbc.org)

WEATHER:  An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING through next week continues to affect the fire with high temperatures, drying vegetation, and little relief at night. The National Weather Service has reported that “A heat wave this intense, this long, has not been experienced in this region in 20 years.”

SMOKE: Visit AirNow to find out the Air Quality Index in your area. As smoke gets worse, the amount of particles in the air increases- and so do the steps you should take to protect yourself. visit AirNow for precautions you can take to protect your health when air pollution gets bad.

Drones: Federal, state, and local wildland fire management agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urge members of the public not to fly “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” or drones over or near wildfires. Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. Drone PSA – Youtube.


Lake Fire Grows to 12,227 Acres, Evacuation Warnings Remain

Update by the edhat staff
1:30 p.m., July 6, 2024

The Lake Fire near Los Olivos has reached 12,227 acres with 0% containment as of 1:12 p.m. Saturday.

There are currently ten air tankers and three Type 1 helicopters assigned to the incident utilizing ridge lines, retardant, and water drops for perimeter control.

Fire crews currently assigned are fighting the fire aggressively with the public and their safety as the top priority.

Evacuation Warning

  • Figueroa Mountain Road from the Forest Station to Chamberlin Ranch
  • North of Zaca Lake Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and South of the Sisquoc River
Evacuation Warning area for the Lake Fire as of July 6, 2024

Road Closures

  • Happy Canyon Road at forest boundary
  • Foxen Canyon Road at Zaca Station Road and Alisos Canyon Road
  • Figueroa Mountain Road at Midland School


Evacuation Warnings Issued as Lake Fire Grows to 4,673 Acres

Lake Fire near Zaca Lake on July 5, 2024 (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Update by the edhat staff
7:00 a.m., July 6, 2024

The Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION WARNING for the areas north of Zaca Lake Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and South of the Sisquoc River. An EVACUATION WARNING is also issued for the areas of Figueroa Mountain Road from the Forest Station to Chamberlin Ranch. due to a wildfire.

As of 6:00 a.m. Saturday, the Lake Fire is estimated to be 4,673 Acres in size burning in grass, brush and timber.

“Extreme fire behavior with short-range and long-range spotting. The fire is burning with rapid rates of spread,” according to fire officials.

The fire area is in a red flag warning due to extremely high temperatures and low relative humidities.

Fire crews will be focused on life and property for their top priorities. They will be providing structure protection to values at risk. When they are able to construct fire line on the fires edge they will do so. They are also constructing fire line in locations where they find opportunities for successfully stopping the advancing fire.

In the next 24 hours the fire has potential for large growth. The fire will continue to burn to the northwest and south cardinal directions.

Local authorities advise residents within the evacuation warning area and close by to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Prepare family members, pets and essential items.

If you feel threatened at any time, leave immediately. Do not wait for an alert to evacuate. People with disabilities, access and functional needs should leave now. People with large animals should leave now, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

If you need sheltering support call 805-678-3073. If you need support with animal evacuations call 805-698-0212.

Help keep the emergency lines open. Do not call 911 unless you are having an emergency.

Lake Fire near Los Olivos at 4,673 acres as of July 6, 2024 (CalFire graphic)

Zaca Lake Resort Evacuated Due to Nearby Brush Fire

By the edhat staff
5:30 p.m., July 5, 2024

Firefighters are on the scene of a growing brush fire near Zaca Lake.

The vegetation fire broke out at 3:46 p.m. Friday to the northeast of Figueroa Mountain near 5200 block of Figueroa Mountain Road. The fire has been named the “Lake Fire.”

US Forest Service and Santa Barbara County firefighters are on the scene including hand crews, dozers, and water tenders.

As of 5:30 p.m., the US Forest Service estimates the fire is approximately 296 acres in size and growing, mostly burning in grass.

The Zaca Lake Resort at 8000 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos has been evacuated, per County Fire Department.

This is a developing story.

Lake Fire near Zaca Lake on July 5, 2024 (Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
Wildfire camera in Los Alamos looking towards Figueroa Mountain at 5:10 p.m. on July 5, 2024 (ALERT California screenshot)

Fire Near Zaca Lake

Reported by an edhat reader
4:30 p.m., July 5, 2024

Fire near Zaca Lake on July 5, 2024 (Photo by an edhat reader)

A fire appears to have started behind Grass Mountain, reportedly near Zaca Lake, at approximately 4PM. It’s growing very, very fast!!! Lots of fire equipment and air attack en route.  Locals say it is being called the Sycamore Fire incident.

Edhat Staff

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  1. Started very close to Zaca Lake, couple hundred acres that could have been contained with helo’s dipping water…. Nah, it’s a USFS Fire juriisdiction, we need to burn some money this year as our budget for next year is dependent on how much we spend- Let have a burn show, bring in a Type 1 Tean (Taxpayer money burners) with EVERYTHING that goes with it…. Airships on contract, caterers, contract water tenders, fuelers, ENDLESS camp supplies, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. The USFS at work.

    • Thank you, looked it up and @ my eastside location it’s yellow/MODERATE PM 2.5…
      Was looking out the window and couldn’t discern if it was that cloudy to be that color? Since I can’t smell (I’m sure I do…) sort of explains the raspiness in my throat?
      Chuck, always with the great links! 🙂
      🚴

  2. Here’s the latest “Fire Temperature” image from the GOES-West satellite for you night owls:

    https://cdn.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES18/ABI/SECTOR/psw/FireTemperature/20241890426_GOES18-ABI-psw-FireTemperature-2400×2400.jpg

    It shows three very hot western fires burning at this moment … Lake Fire in SB county, Little Twist Fire in southern Utah, and the Shelly Fire up in the Klamath National Forest.

    You can use this map to get your bearings – click on the red zones to see the name of the fire:

    https://www.fireweatheravalanche.org/fire/

    For more GOES-WEST images and time-lapse loops at different wavelengths (GeoColor is pretty good for daylight images/loops):

    https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/goes/sector.php?sat=G18&sector=psw

  3. This site will show the latest fire hotspots as detected by IR satellite.

    https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#d:24hrs;@-119.71,34.69,10.08z

    It will show the current fire perimeter. It shows that there is a main branch of the fire heading SE.

    I had a hard time loading the map on my phone, but it went just fine on my iPad. You might have to navigate to and expand the map over SB county. I will try to fine an iPhone friendly hotspot map.

    • Based on infrared images from the good ol’ MODIS and VIIRS cameras in orbit. There are still a few people working in Goleta who helped design those instruments. The NASA satellites they’re on are 20+ year-old workhorses.

  4. For those familiar w. Figueroa Mtn, Inciweb’s fire footprint is showing the fire has burned all the way from one end of the Catwalk to the other. On the east end, it’s gotten as far as the dirt singletrack with the switchbacks that take you down to Davy Brown campground. Also at that end, it actually crossed Figueroa Mountain Rd and reached Tunnel Rd (not the one in SB) and down to Tunnel Ranch. I hope they were able to protect the ranch buildings.

    https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/calpf-2024-lake-fire#

  5. Glad CalFire is now included, curious as to the wait of 3 days when the fire started on Thursday a high risk, hard to get area…Similar to the Gap fire when they waited 2 days to declare a state of Emergency . The Gap Fire was 9,443 acres when a State of an Emergency declared… the Lake Fire is already 16,452 Acres. After the Gap Fire they declared a State of Emergency right away so surprised they waited 3 days to include CalFire for more resources….

    • Yes, the (currently) purple dot is a PurpleAir sensor at the Midland School.

      My citizen scientist friends speak well of the sensor PurpleAir uses (it uses two sensors, probably for redundancy). I ended up purchasing a cheaper no-name version that can’t upload to PurpleAir’s map. It’s powered with a small USB power bank and uses the same sensor as PurpleAir. Handy and portable but looks like a small science experiment.

  6. NW winds are supposed to develop for the next 24 hrs. This could be quite unfavorable for fire containment. Inciweb just posted a fire history map. This fire is burning just south of the 2007 Zaca fire perimeter and within the 1993 Marre fire perimeter. That means the chaparral has had 3 decades to grow back. If it breaks out of the Marre perimeter, then it gets to multi-decade old fuels.

    • Thanks. I’m a bit shy of the free stuff, since it’s so easy to insert unpleasantness (born trusting, trained to be cautious 😉

      On another topic, Windy’s reporting the Fire crew’s portable wind station at Midland School as: 270 13kt Gust 23kt, Temp 85f, Humidity 23% (rather less than ideal fire fighting weather, making the crews’ progress all the more remarkable). In fact, the last nine filtered geostationary hotspots went away 20 minutes ago! No doubt still plenty of hotspots and smouldering, but apparently none large/hot enough to trigger the satellite detection analysis threshold. Still an air attack hornet nest of at least 7 helos (incl. 2 big Chinooks), and 2 spotters (so presumably still jets out of SMX dropping PhosChek). Fingers crossed. -John out.

  7. No Sat IR or aircraft showing at present, and at full resolution the GOES18 West Sat’s fire link shows a tiny -very- faint dot that’s a little bit redder (warmer) than background temp:

    https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/conus.php?sat=G18

    Kudos to the crews, and best wishes for a significant overnight containment. NWS Point Current conditions at FIGUEROA (FGMC1): 82°F, Humidity 19%, Wind NW 2mph. Overnight FC: Clear, low 73, wind NNE 5mph. Tomorrow: Areas of smoke. Sunny, High 94, Wind NNE 5-10mph becoming WSW in the morning.

    • Containment backfires in video & yesterday’s ridge fire? Looks like it (along roads, upwind), and that’s probably good news if it means fire crews are getting the upper hand and fighting on their own terms. Most of the helos have apparently been working a SE spot on a hill in the area of 34°42’22.7″N 119°55’13.2″W just NNW of where Happy Cyn.Rd. crosses Cachuma Ck and below a bend in Fig.Mtn.Rd. Also some drops about 5mi. West of there. Sure looking better than yesterday, and hopefully they can greatly increase containment today. NWS Point Current Conditions there: 92°, Humidity 15%, Wind WNW 4mph. Point Forecast 98 WSW 5-10mph gusts 15mph. Tomorrow wind worse than today and than yesterday’s Thurs FC: 5-15 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

  8. MD87 jet, 3 Black Hawks, helo & fixed wing spotters working it right now. Glad to see Ed’s update on progress, and get clarity on the “slow progression” areas along with more detail on backfires and containment lines. Sat & Fire info sites are showing mixed and sometimes different info, so that makes Ed’s update even more relevant. InciWeb’s not very useful or current, SBCFD doesn’t have much, and CalFire’s a day old at the moment. If you search gMaps for Lake Fire it has some interesting info including what may be the start point at an apparent rustic campgound just NNW of Zaca Lk. and probably fairly recent smoke depiction. You can also peruse the pre-fire sat view in 3D to get a sense of how the fire’s acting relative to terrain (and wind if you guesstimate from wind maps). I’m curious about the report of destroyed structures, glad no loss of life reported, and hopeful it’s now shifting toward complete containment. I’m astounded every time I pause to imagine working in heavy protective gear without smoke protection in ~100f heat. Heroes.

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