Cave Fire Breaks Out Near Santa Barbara, Prompting Evacuations and Threatening Homes

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Provided by CBS News"Cave Fire in mountains above Santa Barbara

The first evacuation orders were issued when the fire was still small - about 15 acres - when authorities at the scene reported it as a wind-driven fire making its way "down canyon".

Speakers include Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, Jim Harris of the Los Padres U.S. Forest Service, Scott Jalbert, CAL FIRE SLO unit chief and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

Weather forecasts call for winds with gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour at times into Tuesday morning, but rain is expected later in the day.

Still, the blaze is approaching the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, which more than 6,300 residents call home, according to the release.

This story was last updated at 10:02 p.m. Monday. Evacuation warnings are for 154 west to Fairrview and Ontare East to Gibraltar.

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Flames from the Cave Fire burn toward Highway 154 early Tuesday morning east of Painted Cave Road in Santa Barbara County. "Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit with questions related to this potential outage", Ready SBC states.

"Southern California Edison is deploying a Community Crew Vehicle to the Goleta Library, located at 500 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta today Monday, November 25th from 11am-7pm to assist customers who may be affected by Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in southern Santa Barbara County".

Santa Barbara County Fire is providing updated information on the fire's progress on Twitter under the hashtag #CaveFire.

The dangers of the cycle of fire and flood is a raw memory in the region.

The fire was mainly burning in the forest but evacuations were ordered north of Cathedral Oaks in Goleta in the foothills.

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