An 1800 acre brush fire burning in the Los National Forest, in Santa Barbara County is continuing to move east, and firefighters say it now no longer poses a threat to South Coast residents.
The White Fire began yesterday afternoon in a day use area off of Paradise Road, off of Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. It forced the evacuation of a number of recreational areas in the forest, as well as some of the scattered homes in the area.
No homes have been destroyed. One Forest Service building was damaged, as were several vehicles when the blaze moved through a compound in the area. Paradise Road remains closed to the public.
The fire is now 10% contained, but it’s burning east into rugged, isolated terrain, so full containment isn’t projected until next week. Firefighters say a drop in wind, and increase in humidity overnight slowed the fire, but they’re concerned that hot, dry weather in the forecast for the next few days could create new problems.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Andrew Madsen says the fire is believed to have started in the White Day Use area area, but the cause is under investigation.