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UPDATES: Lake Fire burns 13,264 acres

The fire was first reported at about 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
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Posted at 4:27 PM, Jul 05, 2024

This article was last updated at 11:35 p.m. on July 6. For the latest information on the Lake Fire, click here.

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UPDATE (11:35 p.m.) - The Lake Fire has burned 13,264 acres, according to an update from Cal Fire at 11:06 p.m. Saturday. Cal Fire did not provide containment data.

Cal Fire's update at 5:08 p.m. had the total acreage burned at 12,271. That's an increase of nearly 1,000 acres between updates.


UPDATE (1:43 p.m.) - The Lake Fire has burned 12,227 acres and is 0% contained, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Fire officials add that ten air tankers and three Type 1 helicopters have been assigned to the fire for retardant and water drops.

In a post on X, Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Scott Safechuck explained how good defensible space at the Zaca Lake Resort helped firefighters defend the resort's structures from the flames. The resort was evacuated shortly after the fire broke out on Friday afternoon.


UPDATE (10:54 a.m.) - According to the latest update from Los Padres National Forest officials, the Lake Fire, which broke out Friday afternoon near Zaca Lake, has the potential for large growth over the next 24 hours. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber and reportedly burning toward the northwest and to the south.

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The Lake Fire's smoke plume is seen from a live wildfire camera located in the Santa Ynez Mountains at 10:51 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

Additional road closures announced Saturday morning as a result of the fire include Foxen Canyon Road from Alisos Canyon Road to Zaca Station Road and Happy Canyon Road at the forest boundary. Click here for a map of road closures in Santa Barbara County.

UPDATE (8:58 a.m.) - According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Lake Fire made a significant run to the west Friday evening and by 11:30 p.m. had grown to 4,674 acres. A Complex Incident Management Team has been ordered.


UPDATE (6:18 a.m., Saturday) - The evacuation warning for the Lake Fire has been expanded to include areas north of Zaca Creek Road, east of Foxen Canyon Road, and south of the Sisquoc River.

Residents in the evacuation warning area are encouraged to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Those in need of shelter may call (805) 678-3073 for assistance.

Those who need help with animal evacuations may call (805) 698-0212.

UPDATE (11:10 p.m.) - The Lake Fire, burning near Zaca Lake in the Los Padres National Forest, has grown to an estimated 4,673 acres, according to the latest information from CAL FIRE.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE (9:21 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County officials have issued an evacuation warning for the areas of Figueroa Mountain Road from the Forest Station to Chamberlin Ranch.

For more information, visit the county's emergency preparedness website.

The county's public works department said Figueroa Mountain Road at Midland School is closed.

The Lake Fire has burned over 500 acres, per Cal Fire.

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UPDATE (6:12 p.m.) - The latest mapping shows the Lake Fire has burned 296 acres, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists report temperatures in the area are near 90 degrees with winds gusting to near 15 mph.

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.) - The Lake Fire has burned an estimated 100 acres of brush and grass, according to Los Padres National Forest officials.

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The Lake Fire broke out near Zaca Lake on Friday, July 5, 2024.


UPDATE (5:10 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County firefighters have evacuated Zaca Lake Resort.

(4:28 p.m., Friday) - Firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in the area of Figueroa Mountain Road and Zaca Lake north of Los Olivos.

The fire was first reported at about 3:45 p.m. on Friday.

A large plume of dark smoke can be seen from much of Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service are responding.

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Smoke from a fire burning near Zaca Lake is seen on a live fire monitoring camera located near Los Alamos on Friday, July 5, 2024.

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.