Mandatory Evacuations in Place as Cave Fire Burns in Santa Barbara

Officials urge people to avoid fire areas.

Crews Monday night were battling a brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County.

Cave Fire evacuation map, 11/26/19, 5.30 a.m. ET.

"Maintain situational awareness. If you're not in evac zone, self evacuate if you are concerned or need extra time", the office of Santa Barbara County said in a post on its official Twitter account.

Check Santa Barbara County road closures here. The wildfire began at about 4:15 p.m. and as of 9 p.m., the Cave Fire burned approximately 3,000 acres with 0 percent containment.

The Santa Barbara County Highway Patrol (Santa Barbara CHP) also announced: "SR 154 closures at SR 246 at SR 154 and SR 154 at SR 192".

The National Weather Service issued an urgent wind advisory Monday night for Santa Barbara County as northern winds with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour were expected to thrash the area.

Evacuation orders have been put in place from Ontare to Patterson Ave., north of Cathedral Oaks Road, according to Cal Fire. The 101 Freeway is being used as an alternative route, so expect even heavier holiday traffic through the region.

Check highway conditions through the Caltrans website here.

Thousands of residents were forced to flee from their homes after a wildfire erupted in the mountains near Santa Barbara. SCE has been experiencing periodic power outages.

There's no immediate word on whether any homes have been damaged in this new blaze.

The risky cycle of fire and flood is a raw memory for many people in the region.

The fire was mainly burning through dry, brushy canyons and ridges of the Santa Ynez Mountains but evacuations were ordered in populated foothill areas.

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