A brush fire burning in the Los National Forest, in Santa Barbara County is now up to 1800 acres, and could take a week to fully contain.
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 a week from today. Milder weather today is expected to help firefighters efforts.
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.