Firefighters are saying this morning they now have 80% containment of the White Brush Fire, the blaze which began in Memorial Day in Santa Barbara County which forced thousands of evacuations.
The fire has burned 1,858 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest. The figure has actually dropped. Last night, firefighters were reporting more than 2,000 acres of land had been charred, but they say they’ve been more accurately able to map the burn area.
No homes have been destroyed, but a Forest Service building was damaged. When the fire broke out on Monday, dozens of homes were evacuated, as were thousands of campers, and others using recreational areas in the Paradise Road area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it’s believed to have started in the White Day Use area.