(Photo by John Palminteri)

The winter storm which brought some heavy rain, snow, and even a tornado warning to parts of the Central and South Coasts is moving out of our area. Rainfall amounts topped two inches on parts of the South Coast. San Marcos Pass had 1.6” of rain, and Carpinteria 1.5”. There was some street flooding in Santa Barbara Wednesday night, but no major problems were reported in the region’s brush fire burn zones.

A storm system passing though the Central and South Coasts dropped as much as three inches of rain in parts of the region, but didn’t cause any major flooding or debris flow issues in brush fire burn zones. The heaviest rainfall was in Ventura County, where some isolated mountain areas topped three inches of rainfall.

Firefighters are closing in on full containment of Santa Barbara County’s Cave brush fire. It currently stands at 90% containment. The blaze has charred just over 3100 acres of land in the mountains in the San Marcos Pass area, above Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Firefighters aided by rain and snow are continuing to move towards full containment of Santa Barbara County's Cave Fire.  The 3100 acre blaze is 85% contained as of Saturday.