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(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

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.

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.

Rain gave firefighters a big boost Wednesday morning in their efforts to contain the 4300 acre Cave brush fire in Santa Barbara County.  San Marcos Pass received 1.1" of rain in the predawn areas, and by sunrise there was no large scale smoke visible from the 4300 acre blaze.

Updated 9:50 : The Cave Fire has now burned more than 3000 acres of land.

A brush fire on the South Coast has officially burned 30 plus acres of land in the Santa Ynez Mountains, but we know it’s burned much more than that, and forced a number of evacuations. The Cave Fire started just after 4 p.m., in the East Camino Cielo area. It's in the rugged mountains off of Highway 154. 

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When a driver went 175 feet over the side of Highway 154 at Painted Cave Road Wednesday afternoon, the vehicle was not visible in the thick brush. 

The 911 call was cutting out, but the locator established a proximate area, and the driver was then told to hit her horn over and over so fire crews in the area could find her location.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

A major Central Coast highway reopened Friday morning after being closed for close to a month due to storm damage.

Highway 154 was shut down near Lake Cachuma February 2nd, after storms clogged a culvert under the roadway, causing it to flood.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Caltrans officials say it will be weeks still before a major Central Coast highway closed by storm flooding reopens. Highway 154 has been closed in the Lake Cachuma area for more than two weeks, after debris blocked an underground culvert, causing flooding which damaged the roadway.

With the damage on one section of Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County exasperated by recent flooding due to a blocked culvert, the long term closure has caused grief for some commuters, businesses, and residents in the area.

Roadblocks on the Santa Barbara side, set at the bottom of San Marcos Pass earlier this week, have been moved up to the Rancho San Marcos golf course, just past Paradise Road.

(Caltrans Photo)

A major highway connecting the Central and South Coasts remains closed and there is no estimate of when it may reopen.

It’s a key link between northern and southern Santa Barbara Counties. Highway 154 was closed just east of Lake Cachuma over the weekend when a culvert became clogged by debris.

(Caltrans photo)

A section of a major state highway connecting the Central and South Coasts is closed due to storm damage, and there's no word on when it may reopen.

A culvert beneath Highway 154 near Lake Cachuma is jammed with debris.  It sent water and mud flowing over the highway.  Complicating the situation is the fact that the culvert is more than 30 feet below the surface of the highway.

A project to make pavement improvements on a Santa Barbara County highway which was delayed by three separate brush fires is now finally complete.

Crews have been working to upgrade a 17 mile stretch of Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley from Edison Street to Cold Spring Canyon Bridge.

A key Santa Barbara County highway is going to be closed during the early morning hours on a regular basis to help move firefighting equipment to battle the massive Thomas brush fire.

Starting Thursday, Highway 154 will be shut down to the public from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. between Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. Commuters will need to take Highway 101 if they are trying to travel between Southern and Northern Santa Barbara County.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a small but very visible fire in San Marcos Pass over the weekend.

The quick fight against the fire began Saturday at about 3 p.m. The fire was controlled later on in the evening.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

An eight day closure of Highway 154 due to the Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County ended late Sunday afternoon, with the reopening of the highway.

The highway had been closed from Santa Barbara to Highway 154 initially by the blaze itself, and later because of falling rock and downed trees. Crews have been busy for the last week removing debris and repairing damaged utility lines.

The fire was still officially at just over 18,000 acres burned, and 36% contained as of early Sunday evening.  Later in the evening, containment was upgraded to 49%.