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Santa Barbara brush fire prompts evacs

May 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A brush fire burning in Santa Barbara has prompted mandatory evacuations.Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the area. Approximately 1,200 homes were evacuated Tuesday afternoon in an ongoing process. About 2,000 homes in the area were threatened as strong winds blew the blaze closer to neighborhoods.

All traffic on La Cumbre north of State St. and Foothill Rd was shut down.

Mandatory evacuations: All locations north of Foothill Road from Morada Lane and Ontare Road to El Cielito Rd./Gibralter Road to E. Camino Cielo.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for North of the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. Roads include: Tunnel Road, Holly Road, Spyglass Road, Orange Grove and Mission Canyon Road, Las Canoas Rd.

Notification only from Highway 154 to Gibraltar Road north of Foothill Road.

Large animals at Earl Warren Showgrounds were evacuated.

Marymount School officials in Santa Barbara have confirmed the school has been evacuated. All students have been sent home safely.

Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the First Presbyterian Church at 21 E. Constance Rd. in Santa Barbara.

The fire is located mainly around San Roque Canyon. Firefighting units have set up a staging area at The Santa Barbara Mission.

The size of the fire was estimated at 160 acres at last report, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. The fire was burning toward the southeast.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Santa Barbara County Fire has named the fire "Jesusita Fire."

No structures have been lost. So far there is zero containment of the fire.

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