Firefighters are still trying to contain a highly visible brush fire that’s been burning since about 7:45 this morning on San Marcos Pass. The U-S Forest Service, which is the lead agency for fighting efforts, is now estimating the size of the fire at 25 acres.
The Lookout Fire is burning between Highway 154, and Painted Cave Road. The blaze threatened about 100 homes, with 40 being evacuated. However, firefighters were able to prevent any of the structures from being destroyed, or damaged. They’re using four helicopters, and two air tankers to help with the firefighting efforts, which are hampered by the fact the blaze is burning in some deep, rugged canyon areas.
The fire put up a huge plume of smoke, worrying people it could turn into something like the 1990 Painted Cave Fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain David Sadeki says the fire’s spread was slowed by rocky terrain, and brush clearance around homes. Firefighters are hoping to get the fire under control before predicted light winds flare up later today.
One firefighter was evacuated with a minor leg injury. Some power lines were knocked out by the fire, but fire investigators don’t think the lines started the fire. The cause is still under investigation.