Fire Destroys More Than A Dozen Homes In Goleta

posted by RJ Johnson @rickerthewriter -

A fast moving brush-fire in the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta has burned up to 80 acres and around 20 homes and other structures overnight. 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason says anywhere between 2,200 and 2,500 people have been evacuated from the area. Up to 1,200 reverse 911 calls have been made. 

An evacuation shelter has been opened at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Large animals like horses are being taken to the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Smaller animals can be taken to the county animal shelter in Goleta. 

The Holiday fire began as a structure fire last night around 9 p.m., spreading quickly thanks to Santa Barbara's infamous "sundowner winds" which are known to kick up in the evening. When the fire began last night, temps in the area were still reading around 100 degrees. 

Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service say they've sent strike teams to assist with the Santa Barbara County fire crews. 


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