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Debris Flow Evacuation Warning issued for area below Cave Fire

Posted at 10:54 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 13:27:18-05

As a storm approaches the Central Coast, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has issued a Debris Flow Evacuation Warning for the area between Patterson Avenue and Anderson Lane and Ontare Road.

The evacuation warning extends between the 3500 and 3300 block of State Street and down through Las Positas Road, and south of East Camino Cielo to the ocean.

KSBY's Chief Meteorologist Dave Hovde says the storm should arrive between 2am and 5am in the Cave Fire burn area.

Public safety officials have determined that there is a risk for potential debris flows in and below the Cave Fire burn area.

Residents are advised to prepare an evacuation kit and plan to leave.

If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any time, do not wait, leave the area and move outside the Fire Evacuation Order and Debris Flow Evacuation Warning area.

If you live or are near creeks and streams be aware that they may experience high flows and can rise quickly.

If a debris flow occurs, and it is unsafe to leave, or you are unable to leave, go to high ground.

The Cave Fire Evacuation Order remains in place. To access the County's interactive map, go to ReadySBC.org or call 833-688-5551.