Fire Threatening Southern Cal Campground
A fast-moving wildfire fire fanned by strong winds scattered ash across the South Coast Monday afternoon (May 27), prompted the evacuation of between 4,000 and 6,000 people, and burned at least one structure in the area of Paradise Road in the mountains above Santa Barbara, according to officials.
Dubbed the White Fire, the blaze had grown to 1,000 acres as of 8 p.m. and was 5% contained after an aggressive attack by firefighting agencies from throughout the county, the Santa Ynez Valley News reported.
Campgrounds in the area of Paradise Road and residents of Paradise Canyon were evacuated after the fire started around 2:40 p.m. Monday and the road is closed as firefighters fight the blaze that started in the White Rock Camp area in Red Rock Canyon in Los Padres National Forest.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. David Sadecki.
Residents using social media sites reported falling ash in many areas of the South Coast, and one who said his cabin was threatened described 50-foot flames and a scene that looked like a “war zone.”
The Upper Oso Campground and other nearby campgrounds were also evacuated, according to the county Office of Emergency Services.
The fire burned a U.S. Forest Service Building off of Paradise Road, and destroyed two vehicles, one owned by the U.S. Forest Service and one privately owned, according to Sadecki.
No injuries have been reported.
A shelter for evacuees has been set up by the American Red Cross in Santa Barbara.
Firefighters responded to the fire at 2:40 p.m. and used air craft as well as ground resources to fight the blaze. The six air tankers that were fighting the fire were grounded as of 5 p.m. Monday due to high winds.