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UPDATE: Forward progress stopped, evacuation orders lifted for vegetation fire in Los Olivos

Firefighters are crediting defensible space for saving structures
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Posted at 3:11 PM, Sep 06, 2021

UPDATE (6:22 p.m.) - All evacuation orders for people in Los Olivos due to the Caballo Fire have been lifted. Residents are advised to use caution when returning home as fire crews remain on scene.

UPDATE (5:43 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire PIO Mike Eliason says defensible space helped save structures from the Caballo Fire Monday afternoon.

“There were some structures that were threatened. Thankfully, none were damaged or destroyed. There was good defensible space around a lot of the structures and that helped slow the fire's progress towards those homes,” Eliason said.

“Defensible space works and if you don't believe it, just take a look over my shoulder… that stopped the fire’s progress and enabled firefighters to successfully defend these homes and keep the fire away from all of these structures including barns as well as homes,” Eliason added.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene all night working to put out hot spots and secure a line along the perimeter of the fire.

At last check, the fire had burned an estimated 50-60 acres, but that number is expected to be revised.

Eliason says many fires start in Southern California in fall and early winter. “So time is now to be prepared for that next fire. Make sure you have defensible space, have a plan, be ready to go if a fire breaks out and when you are told to evacuate, please do so,” Eliason said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE (5:21 p.m.) - Forward progress of the Caballo Fire has been stopped. Air tankers and helicopters have been released from the scene, but ground crews are expected to remain on scene for a while working on containment and putting out hot spots.

UPDATE (4:54 p.m.) - Evacuations have been ordered for the following areas: north of Roblar, south of Oak Trail, east of Calle Bonita and west of Montecielo Dr., according to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

A temporary evacuation center has been set up at Los Olivos Elementary School.

The Red Cross is on site ready to assist people with water, shelter, snacks and needed information.

UPDATE (4:24 p.m.) - Evacuations have been ordered for the Caballo Fire burning in Los Olivos Monday.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says anyone from Avenida Caballo to Canada Este should leave immediately.

Those northeast of Highway 154 are being told to standby for further instructions from the sheriff’s office.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services says people needing assistance with animal evacuations should call (805) 681-4322.


UPDATE (4:07 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire says the progress of the fire in Los Olivos has been slowed but not stopped.

As of 4 p.m., it had burned as estimated 50-60 acres.

Six air tankers and helicopters were either on scene or en route to battle the fire from the air and are assisting crews on the ground, including hand crews and dozers.

Fire officials say it’s unknown whether any structures have been damaged or destroyed.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY: Firefighters were responding to reports of a vegetation fire that broke out Monday afternoon in Los Olivos.

Crews were called to the 3200 block of Caballo Lane shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said shortly after 3 p.m. that structure defense was underway.

Four air tankers and a helicopter were requested to assist crews on the ground.

No other information was immediately available.

*This story has been updated to reflect the correct location of the fire to be in Los Olivos.