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Holiday Fire in Goleta 5% contained; firefighters 'cautiously optimistic'

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UPDATE (2:45 p.m.) - Authorities and fire officials will be holding a press conference in Goleta Saturday at 4 p.m. to provide the latest updates on the Holiday Fire. KSBY will be carrying the press conference live on air and online here. 


UPDATE (2:30 p.m.) - Southern California Edison is reporting that as of Saturday afternoon, power has been restored to all but about 140 customers. 


UPDATE (12 p.m.) - Highway 101 is open through the Goleta area; however, drivers are urged to use caution as emergency vehicles are in the areas of Highway 101, Highway 154 and Highway 192. 


UPDATE (11:30 a.m.) - The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network's facility appears to be OK. The fire did burn around the edges of the property. Firefighters could be seen putting out hot spots there Saturday morning. The animals were evacuated and a new base is in the process of being set up. 


UPDATE (10:30 a.m.) - Governor Jerry Brown issued a State of Emergency Saturday for Santa Barbara County due to the Holiday Fire. 


UPDATE (10 a.m.) - Authorities could be seen keeping residents out of the fire area later Saturday morning. Road closures remained in place and some Southern California Edison customers were still without power. 

While flames had died down significantly from Friday night, they were not fully out. 

Sheriff's officials say residents with questions about the Holiday Fire should call 211 and not 911 in an effort to keep emergency lines open. 

More information is expected to be released Saturday at a press conference scheduled for 4 p.m. It will be streamed live on KSBY.com


UPDATE (8:10 a.m.) - The American Red Cross says 56 people stayed at the evacuation center set up at Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., overnight. 

The center will stay open while evacuations are in place. 

Watch live continuing coverage for the Holiday Fire here


UPDATE (7:45 a.m.) - Some residents were returning to their neighborhood Saturday morning to see what was left of their home. One man, who says he moved to the area just two weeks ago, came back to find his home destroyed.

Fire officials say they are working to get everyone back in their homes as quickly as possible.  


UPDATE (7 a.m.) - Fire officials said Saturday morning the Holiday Fire had burned 60 acres and was 5 percent contained. The estimate of structures lost remains at 20. Half of those are believed to be homes.

Officials say concerns include downed power lines, gas leaks, and smoke from the burned structures.

They are working to keep the flames south of "major" Southern California Edison transmission lines, out of the Los Padres National Forest and north of Cathedral Oaks Road. 

No injuries have been reported


UPDATE: (6:30 a.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zanaboni said Saturday morning they are still estimating that about 20 structures were destroyed overnight by the Holiday Fire in Goleta. Zanobini says only half of those are believed to be homes. The others are outbuildings, described as sheds, garages, and barns. 

Zaniboni says while triple-digit heat is expected in the area again Saturday, they are hoping erratic winds do not kick up again. The winds fanned the flames Friday night, making the firefight difficult. 

"This isn't a big fire, but it's very destructive," Zaniboni told KSBY News. He says they are hoping to get better maps Saturday to help them determine a plan of attack for the day. 


UPDATE (6 a.m.) - The Santa Barbara Airport says flights are arriving and departing as normal and operations are not affected by the Holiday Fire in Goleta. 


UPDATE (5:45 a.m.) - Fire crews will get a better assessment Saturday morning of the damage done overnight by the Holiday Fire. An estimated 20 structures have been destroyed by the fire. 


UPDATE (5 a.m.) - According to Southern California Edison, less than 1,000 people remained without power in the Goleta area as of 5 a.m. Saturday. 


UPDATE (2:42 a.m.) - Santa Barbara County has proclaimed a local emergency due to the Holiday Fire burning in Goleta. 

County officials say the proclamation ensures that all county resources are available for the firefighting efforts. It also helps facilitate potential state funding and a state declaration of emergency.


UPDATE (2:35 a.m.) - The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the costs of fighting the Holiday Fire in Goleta.

The federal grant will assist local and state agencies responding to the fire apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.


UPDATE (1:55 a.m.) - Red Cross volunteers estimate about 60 people sought shelter Friday night at an evacuation center set up in response to the Holiday Fire burning in Goleta.

Direct Relief, a disaster aid organization headquartered in Santa Barbara, provided 1,000 particulate masks to the evacuation shelter at the Goleta Valley Community Center. 

The shelter is located at 5679 Hollister Ave.


UPDATE (12:55 a.m.) - Officials in Santa Barbara County report between 50 and 80 acres have burned in the Holiday Fire in Goleta with as many as 20 structures destroyed. 

Approximately 2,000 customers in the area are currently without power. 

Cathedral Oaks Road is closed between Carlo Drive and Patterson Ave.


UPDATE (12:20 a.m.) - As many as 2,500 people are under evacuation orders in Goleta due to the Holiday Fire, according to Santa Barbara County officials. 

More than 30 fire engines, two night-flying helicopters, and 71 law enforcement personnel are reportedly on the scene.


UPDATE (11:35 p.m.) - Evacuees in Goleta needing assistance with animal evacuations can call (805) 681-4332. 

Large animals are being accepted at Earl Warren Showgrounds, County Animal Services, and the Humane Society located at 5473 Overpass Road.

Small animals are being accepted at County Animal Services and the Humane Society.

All Santa Barbara County residents are urged to sign up for Aware and Prepare emergency alerts at www.ReadySBC.org.


UPDATE (11:20 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says possibly 20 structures have been lost in the Holiday Fire burning in Goleta.

Evacuation orders have been extended from La Patera Ln. to Patterson Ave. north of Cathedral Oaks.

Zaniboni says the wind-driven fire is burning down Fairview Avenue into populated areas and is out of control with no containment. He says the winds have died down a bit, but it was "really howling" earlier this evening.

Zaniboni says the cause of the fire is not yet known.


UPDATE (10:55 p.m.) - CAL FIRE reports that 35 acres have burned so far in the Holiday Fire.

Emergency officials say 911 lines are jammed in the Goleta area because of the fire. People are asked to call 911 only if there is an emergency.

Several area fire departments have sent crews to Goleta to help fight the fire, including the Santa Maria Fire Department and a CAL FIRE SLO strike team that includes engines from the Five Cities Fire Authority, Atascadero, Paso Robles, San Miguel, and Camp Roberts fire departments.

For updated information on the Holiday Fire from the County of Santa Barbara, call 211 in the 805 area code or text your zip code to 898211. Outside the 805 area code, call 800-400-1572.


UPDATE (10:20 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says firefighters' main objective at this time is structure protection. He describes the fire as "wind driven" with a strong wind coming out of the northwest and pushing the flames downhill toward residential areas.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Goleta for everything north of Cathedral Oaks from Carlo Drive to Cambridge Drive.

A Red Cross shelter is set up at the Goleta Valley Community Center located at 5679 Hollister Road. Those needing assistance with animal evacuations can call (805) 681-4332.

Evacuation area:


UPDATE (10 p.m.) - Structures are confirmed burned on Fairview Avenue in Goleta.


UPDATE (9:50 p.m.) - For the latest on the fire, which is burning out of control after sparking on the 1500 block of Holiday Hill Goleta Friday night, watch KSBY News starting at 10 p.m. or online here


UPDATE (9:31 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies are evacuating residents. According to officials, it began from a structure fire that spread to vegetation. 

A Red Cross shelter is being set up at Goleta Valley Community Center located on 5679 Hollister Road. 


UPDATE (9:10 p.m.) - California Highway Patrol is closing Fairview Avenue at Cathedral Oaks. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious when driving through the area and report any other possible fire locations.


Santa Barbara County Firefighters are beginning mandatory evacuations for a fire burning in Goleta, threatening homes.

Firefighters began calling resources to the 1500 block of Holiday Hill just after 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Mandatory evacuations are being issued for residents between Fairview and Patterson. 

Five strike teams have been ordered to the area and power lines are down. An air team is en route.

This is developing news. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

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