US 101 reopened after brush fire burns northwest of Santa Barbara

Oct 17, 2019

A fast-moving vegetation fire closed US Highway 101 for a few hours Thursday night northwest of Santa Barbara. Campgrounds in El Capitan Canyon and at the state beach were evacuated. As of 10 a.m. Friday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said evacuated campers and residents are being allowed back in the campgrounds to get personal belongings left behind. The state beach campground remains closed. 

UPDATE 10/19/19 10 A.M. Firefighters are still working on the Real Fire, which as of Friday morning, has burned 420 acres and is 20% contained. 

UPDATE 10/17/19 9:30 P.M. All lanes of Highway 101 have reopened.

UPDATE 10/17/19 6:45 P.M. The city of Goleta says residents living between Dos Pueblos Canyon to Winchester Canyon are under an evacuation warning. 

ORIGNAL POST 10/17/19 

As of 6:30 p.m., the brush fire has burned 50 acres so far and is 0% contained. Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Daniel Bertucelli said on Twitter that "engines, dozers, crews and aircraft [are] working to knock this fire out. Structure defencse is currently underway as well as evacuations."

The city of Goleta says the fire broke out in the El Capitan Canyon area. 

"Residents along the coastal area between Dos Pueblos Canyon and Gaviota are being ordered to evacuate away from the area,” according to a city press release issued just after 6 p.m.

The CHP is asking motorists to stay away from that stretch of highway and use Highway 154 as an alternative.