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Major storm prompts evacuation orders for some burn areas in Santa Barbara County


Santa Barbara School District, Santa Barbara City College cancel Tuesday classes, activities.

A major storm hitting the Tri-Counties could bring heavy rainfall to parts of the region, and is prompting some evacuation orders.

The storm could bring 2-5" of rain to coastal, and inland areas, and 4-8" in the foothills, and mountains.

An Evacuation Warning is in effect for Santa Barbara County's Cave, Alisal, and Thomas brush fire burn areas as of 6 p.m. Monday, turning to an Evacuation Order as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Thomas Fire related order isn't a blanket order for Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. It's linked to specific waterways.(Interactive map)

The Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Santa Barbara City College have cancelled all classes, and activities for Tuesday. The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley libraries are also closed Tuesday because of the storm.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Southern Santa Barbara County and Ventura County during the day Tuesday, with clearing Wednesday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.