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Preliminary Potential Flooding, Debris Flow Map Released For Santa Barbara County's Cave Fire Zone

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
Caltrans crews at work dealing with repairs on Highway 154 in the wake of the Cave Fire, as well as flooding issues

Santa Barbara County officials say parts of the county could face an increased risk of flooding and debris flows as a result of the recent Cave brush fire. The fire charred more than 3100 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Mountains, centered in the San Marcos Pass area above Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Federal and state experts have been requested to do a detailed analysis of the burn area, to help identity potential at-risk areas during storms.  

The county has released a preliminary map to help people gauge the risk from flooding, and debris flows. Here's a link to the interactive map, which allows people in the burn zone to plug in their address to help assess the threat:

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.