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One year later, cause of Cave Fire near Santa Barbara determined

Posted at 5:38 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 08:38:05-05

One year ago, the Cave Fire broke out near Santa Barbara and threatened hundreds of homes.

Andrew Madsen, public affairs officer for the Los Padres National Forest, says the cause of the fire was determined to be arson. However, no arrests have been made.

The fire started on Nov. 25, 2019 off Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo. In total, 3,126 acres burned. No homes were lost in the fire and no one was injured. The fire was fully contained on Dec. 14, 2019.

About 24 hours after the wind-driven fire started, rain fell over the burn area, helping 600 firefighters finish putting out the flames.

Three days later, early on Thanksgiving morning, snow fell on East Camino Cielo over the scorched landscape.