#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 1


A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT this morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.


The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.


The fire was said to have consumed 75 acres but was reduced to 50 acres after a more precise mapping was completed producing the correction.


Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol


Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (520) Personnel
  • (20) Engines
  • (10) Strike Teams of 50 Engines – in Staging @ Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders
  • (10) Helicopters (4- Type 1 and 4-Type 2’s)
  • (4) Airtankers – in Staging @ Santa Maria Airtanker Base


The following are closed until further notice:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road


The following have been evacuated and this order is in effect until Friday @ 0800 PDT. There has been no Shelter established as of yet but Red Cross is on stand-by if needed.

  • N of Hwy 192
  • S of E Camino Cielo
  • W of Buena Vista Rd
  • E of Coyote Rd


Small Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting animals for boarding. 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Large Pets

Animal Services Hotline is 681-4332.


The fire has reached a 10% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.


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