holiday fire

Santa Barbara County’s Holiday brush fire destroyed ten homes, and damaged and destroyed more than a dozen barns and other structures. It also forced the evacuation of a wildlife care center.

Now, officials with the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network say a key facility for birds is so damaged its unusable. The non-profit launched a campaign to build a new center on the site.

There’s some new information about the extent of damage caused by Santa Barbara County’s destructive Holiday brush fire. County firefighters say they’ve completed a secondary assessment of the fire zone north of Goleta. The good news is the number of homes destroyed has actually been revised downwards, from 13 to ten, with three damaged.

The Holiday fire didn’t just displace thousands of people in Santa Barbara County.  Ot forced the evacuation of horses, pets, and hundreds of animals from the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network’s North Fairview Avenue home.

The fire burned right up to the perimeter of the acreand a half facility, and singed some of the facilities, and contaminated ponds. 

The evacuated animals were moved to other rescue facilities in Santa Barbara County, and around the state. 

A destructive brush fire in Santa Barbara County is now fully contained.

Firefighters declared the Holiday Fire 100% contained Tuesday night. The fire destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others. 15 barns and other outbuildings were also destroyed.

Firefighters are close to full containment of a destructive brush fire on the South Coast which destroyed 13 homes.

The Holiday Fire north of Goleta is now at 95% containment, with full containment expected Tuesday night.

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

You’ve heard the expression “Love Conquers All.”  There's a story from Santa Barbara County's destructive Holiday brush fire which puts that saying to the test, a story focused on a photograph which is getting worldwide attention.

Firefighters are continuing to make progress towards fully containing a destructive brush fire which destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others in Santa Barbara County. The 100 acre Holiday Fire is now 90% contained, with firefighters hoping to reach 100% Wednesday. Firefighters are still busy sifting through the debris of homes, as well as some brushy areas looking for hot spots.

KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the first few hours of the fire, in which the wind overwhelmed firefighters, and area residents raced to grab what they could before fleeing from the flames.

A new Santa Barbara County center to help Holiday Fire victims is now operating in Goleta.

The Local Assistance Center located at the Goleta Union School District offices opened Monday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Representatives from state, local and non-profit agencies are on hand to provide fire victims with help on things from social services to debris removal.

Depending on the need, county officials say they may extend the center’s operations, but for now it is open for sure Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hundreds of firefighters are continuing efforts to mop up a destructive 100 acre brush fire which destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others on the South Coast.

The Holiday Fire in the foothills north of Goleta is 80% contained, with full containment projected for Wednesday. All evacuation orders from the Friday night have been lifted, but some areas are open to residents only.

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

From the ashes of the Holiday Fire comes a story of love.

Ishu and Laura Rao lost their home off of Fairview Avenue in the Goleta area to the Holiday Fire Friday night. 

With the threat eased, firefighters allowed the couple to return to the remains of their house to search for Laura's Tiffany wedding ring.

Incredibly, it survived the fire, and they found it.  Ishu Rao dropped to his knees, and asked his wife again to marry him.

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

Firefighters say a combination of hard work and a break with the weather has allowed them to reach 80% containment of the destructive Holiday Fire, burning in the foothills north of Goleta.

A number of mandatory evacuation orders have been downgraded due to the progress in stopping the 100 acre blaze.  Santa Barbara County Fire officials say 10 homes were destroyed and three were damaged. Nine other structures were also gutted. 

Firefighters say they now have a good handle on a fast moving brush fire destroyed at least 10 homes in the foothills above Goleta Friday night and early Saturday morning.

They say the 60 acre blaze is now 5% contained, and they are hoping to make significant progress during the day Saturday.

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

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.