Numerous Homes Destroyed By Fast Moving Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County

Jul 7, 2018

A fast moving brush fire destroyed at least 10 homes in the foothills above Goleta Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The blaze caused some of the heaviest damage along northern Fairview Avenue, leaving numerous homes gutted.

The fire was discovered just after 8:30 Friday night, with wind topping 40 miles an hour quickly blowing the blaze out of control.  With a Red Flag warning for high fire danger in effect because of the extreme heat and wind in the forecast, extra fire crews had been deployed in the county, but it still wasn't enough to stop the flames.

Hundreds of homes from west of Fairview Avenue to Patterson Avenue were ordered evacuated, impacting more than 3,000 people.  No injuries were reported.  The Red Cross set up a shelter at the Goleta Valley Community Center.

Firefighters initially focused on protecting people and homes.  After midnight, the wind stopped, giving firefighters a break in their efforts to save structures.

It could be midday before firefighters are able to accurately assess the size of the blaze, and how many structures were lost.  

Santa Barbara County declared a local State of Emergency, setting the stage for additional firefighting and recovery resources from the state, and federal governments.