Firefighters say they’ve made huge progress in fighting the White Brush Fire in Santa Barbara County, saying the blaze is now 65% contained, up from 10% this morning.
The blaze in the Los Padres National Forest didn’t grow much today, going from 1800 to 2025 acres.
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 some recreational areas in that area, as well as some scattered homes.
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, but as of 6 p.m. residents were allowed to return to the area.
Firefighters caution that the growth potential for the fire is still extreme. Full containment is still officially projected for next Monday, but with extremely hot, and dry weather in the forecast for next weekend, firefighters are hoping to get containment earlier.