Wednesday, May 23 , 2018, 3:29 pm | Overcast 66º

 
 
 
 

Local News

La Brea Fire: Crews Complete Perimeter Containment Line

Crews are expected to face extreme weather conditions through Wednesday, and officials expand the closure area of forest lands

Firefighters continued to make headway on the 12-day-old La Brea Fire on Wednesday, with containment complete on all fire lines outside the San Rafael Wilderness.

But challenges continue, with hot and dry weather, hence extreme burning conditions, expected Wednesday. The blaze may continue to put up plumes of smoke because of islands of brush in the interior of the fire igniting and making uphill runs. Officials said the flareups are not a threat to the established containment line.

Also on Wednesday, the Forest Service expanded the emergency closure area of forest lands on the southeast side of the La Brea Fire. The closure prohibits public entry to all national forest lands, trails, roads and recreation sites within the area. It applies only to national forest lands and doesn’t affect private lands within the national forest boundary.

The remote blaze has burned 89,015 acres with containment holding steady at 75 percent. The number of personnel on scene was 1,505.

An evacuation warning remains in effect for the area bound by Sierra Madre Road on the west, Cottonwood Road on the south, Highway 166 on the east and Spoor Canyon on the north. All other evacuation orders and warnings are rescinded, including Pine Canyon, Tepusquet Canyon, and the area bound by Cottonwood and Wasioja roads between Highway 166 and Sierra Madre Road.

On Saturday, authorities announced that they had traced the cause of the fire to a cooking fire in the campsite of an illegal marijuana-growing operation. No arrests have been made, but it was believed that the suspects were still within the San Rafael Wilderness, trying to leave the area on foot. Officials have issued a warning not to approach anyone who looks suspicious but to instead contact authorities.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Brea Fire tip line at 805.686.5074. Callers may remain anonymous.
Click here for the latest fire information, or call 805.961.5770 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Noozhawk staff writer Michelle Nelson can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Article Image
(Los Padres National Forest map)

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >