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UPDATE: Firefighters knock down several fires that broke out along Highway 101 in Goleta

Posted at 4:39 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 00:12:54-05

UPDATE (8:49 p.m.) - Around 5:30 p.m., firefighters were able to knock down the original fire that was burning on the northbound side of Highway 101 between Fairview and N Patterson Ave.

According to Captain Bertucelli, about 30 to 45 minutes after the first fire was extinguished, a second fire started to burn about 100 to 200 yards down the freeway on the northbound side of 101.

Additional fire engines from the Santa Barbara City and Montecito Fire Departments were called to the scene of the second fire which was burning intensely at one point, according to fire officials.

The cause of the second fire is unknown at this time.

Embers from this second fire were picked up by winds and sparked several smaller spot fires on the southbound side of Highway 101.

This severely impacted traffic in both directions as CHP closed down lanes in the area as crews responded to the blazes.

Firefighters will remain on scene overnight to mop up.


UPDATE (6:00 p.m.) - A second fire is starting to burn on the southbound side of Highway 101.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Daniel Bertucelli said embers from a fire on the northbound side traveled across the freeway and has now started another fire about 100 to 200 yards away.

One woman has been transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for trauma, according to officials.


ORIGINAL STORY (4:39 p.m.) - Firefighters are working to contain a vegetation fire that is believed to have originated within a homeless encampment in Goleta.

Around 4:00 p.m. Friday, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department received reports a fire in the ravine between Highway 101 northbound and Calle Real.

Smoke and flames can be seen on the right hand shoulder of Highway 101 northbound lanes.

Drivers on Highway 101 will likely be delayed as the CHP and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office monitor traffic in the northbound lanes.

Fire officials say there are no structures damaged, however it is unclear if any are threatened by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story, check back later for details.