Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

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Update by edhat staff
4:00 p.m., July 23, 2018
 
The Windmill fire which started on July 20, burned 110 acres and was fully contained on July 23 was determined to be caused by a tractor operating in an agricultural field causing the nearby vegetation to catch fire.

Update by edhat staff
5:00 p.m., July 21, 2018
 
The Windmill fire is now at 80% containment, with full containment expected for 8:00 a.m. on Monday 7/23/18.
 

Update by edhat staff
8:00 a.m., July 21, 2018

As of 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, the Windmill fire is still at 110 acres and now 40% contained. Full containment is expected tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 8:00 a.m. 75 firefighters remain on scene.

Aerial photo of the Windmill Fire on Friday evening (Photo: John Wiley)

Update by edhat staff
6:00 p.m., July 20, 2018

The Windmill Fire is now estimated to be 110 acres.

The fire is now 35% containment and the forward progress has stopped.

All evacuation warnings have been lifted, but Bobcat Springs Rd. is open to residents only.


Update by edhat staff
4:00 p.m., July 20, 2018

The Windmill Fire is now burning at 100 acres near Buellton with a 20% containment, reports Captain Zaniboni as of 4:00 p.m. Friday.

The fire has a moderate rate of spread and is moving rather rapidly across the grassland.

The evacuation warning for the Bobcat Springs community off Bobcat Springs Road in Buellton still stands. 

There are no immediate structures threatened.


By edhat staff
3:10 p.m., July 20, 2018

A 30-acre wildfire is burning in the 1000 block of SR-246 at a rapid speed which prompted an evacuation warning of the Bobcat Springs community.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday, Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the area just west of Buellton for a vegetation fire. A 2nd alarm was called as the fire is burning at a moderate rate of speed, said Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni.

An evacuation warning has been issued for residents living off Bobcat Springs Road.

The fire is burning in an easterly direction with a west wind, it's not in heavy vegetation but spreading rapidly, said Zaniboni.

Currently, there are two helicopters and two air tankers on the scene making water drops. 

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Luvaduck Jul 21, 2018 08:44 AM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

The way it's going, should we keep our suitcases packed & "valuables"--I took a watermelon with me last evacuation--by the door?

TWOSCOOPS Jul 21, 2018 05:15 AM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

John Wiley, agree about this summer being scary, and fall, and winter. Thomas Fire, December.

John Wiley Jul 21, 2018 12:53 AM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

New SBitZ.NET fire aerial pix of both this Windmill Fire taken about 4pm 7/20 soon after it started, and of the Las Cruces Fire burn area, posted a few minutes ago.

John Wiley Jul 21, 2018 12:50 AM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

We happened to be flying back from Lompoc an hour or two after it started, and got some pix. I sent pix of that & Windmill Fire to Ed earlier, so they might get published here tomorrow. Looks to me like we were *really* lucky with this one. It appears to have started fairly close to the outskirts of Buellton and the wind was blowing it in that direction, so quick response may have saved us. It was close enough to the Las Cruces burn area that some of the crews working there were able to join the fight very quickly. There were many air support resources available nearby and they hit it hard and fast. The wind at that Eastern edge was moderated some by the terrain, with a fairly big hill upwind. It was mostly grass, and may have been mowed. Sure is shaping up to be a scary Summer!

a-1571040793 Jul 20, 2018 04:12 PM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

Santa Barbara County @countyofsb.28m28 minutes ago. We are monitoring the vegetation #WindmillFire of approximately 30 acres near 1000 block of Hwy 246, #Buellton. An evacuation warning was issued for nearby Bobcat Springs community. If you feel threatened, need time to evacuate or have large animals, don't wait for an Evac Order

a-1571040793 Jul 20, 2018 03:54 PM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

CHP WEBSITE: 3:46 PM 10 [37] 1039 SBSO / ADVSD NO COMMAND POST SET UP / RESIDENTS CAN RESPOND FOR THEIR HORSES WITH AN ESCORT / SBSO IS SENDING DEPUTIES NOW TO ESCORT RESIDENTS. 3:33 PM 8 [33] [Notification] [CHP]-3-S3 ADVSD VIA LL /// 97 AT JONATA RD AND BOBCAT SPRINGS RD / MAND EVACUATION IN PLACE FOR BOBCAT SPRINGS TO US101. 3:15 PM 7 [32] 4B FIRE NOW JUMPED JNO BOBCAT SPRINGS ROAD. 2:54 PM 6 [30] B3-004B FIRE TRAVELING NE// 50 YARDS FRM JUMPING BOBCAT SPRINGS RD. 2:54 PM 5 [28] 1039 SBSO / ADVSD COMMAND POST NOT SET UP YET. 2:50 PM 4 [24] [Appended, 14:51:08] [1] RP HAS VIS OF A FIRE JNO BUELLTON. 2:42 PM 3 [20] REF LINE 15//ANOTHER RP HAD VIS OF FIRE FM NB 101 JNO MCMURRAY,SEV MILES JWO US101. 2:41 PM 2 [19] B3-004B FIRE HEADED NORTH EAST //HEADED TOWARDS BOBCAT SPRINGS RD WHERE THERE IS A COMMUNITY //4B ENRT TO START WARNING THE OCCUPANTS. 2:23 PM 1 [2] RP HAS VIS OF FIRE. Unit Information 3:46 PM 10 [37] 1039 SBSO / ADVSD NO COMMAND POST SET UP / RESIDENTS CAN RESPOND FOR THEIR HORSES WITH AN ESCORT / SBSO IS SENDING DEPUTIES NOW TO ESCORT RESIDENTS. 3:33 PM 8 [33] [Notification] [CHP]-3-S3 ADVSD VIA LL /// 97 AT JONATA RD AND BOBCAT SPRINGS RD / MAND EVACUATION IN PLACE FOR BOBCAT SPRINGS TO US101. 3:15 PM 7 [32] 4B FIRE NOW JUMPED JNO BOBCAT SPRINGS ROAD, 2:54 PM 6 [30] B3-004B FIRE TRAVELING NE// 50 YARDS FRM JUMPING BOBCAT SPRINGS RD. 2:54 PM 5 [28] 1039 SBSO / ADVSD COMMAND POST NOT SET UP YET. 2:50 PM 4 [24] [Appended, 14:51:08] [1] RP HAS VIS OF A FIRE JNO BUELLTON. 2:42 PM 3 [20] REF LINE 15//ANOTHER RP HAD VIS OF FIRE FM NB 101 JNO MCMURRAY,SEV MILES JWO US101. 2:41 PM 2 [19] B3-004B FIRE HEADED NORTH EAST //HEADED TOWARDS BOBCAT SPRINGS RD WHERE THERE IS A COMMUNITY //4B ENRT TO START WARNING THE OCCUPANTS. 2:23 PM 1 [2] RP HAS VIS OF FIRE.

a-1571040793 Jul 20, 2018 03:49 PM
Windmill Fire Now 100% Contained

Bernie Deyo Retweeted. CA Fire Scanner.@CAFireScanner.39m39 minutes ago. #WindmillFire (#Buellton) - 1 acre spot fire now across Bobcat Springs Rd into a ranch area. 2nd alarm resources being directed to this spot.

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