UPDATE (11:30 p.m.) – Santa Barbara County Fire says firefighters are making good progress on the Loma Fire, but evacuation orders remain in place between Loma Alta Drive, Miramonte Drive, Cliff Drive and Vista del Pueblo.
Red Cross has resources set up at the Leadbetter Beach parking lot.
UPDATE (10:50 p.m.) – Evacuation orders have been issued for the following areas due to the Loma Fire in Santa Barbara:
- 900 Block Miramonte Dr. to Weldon Rd.
- Loma Alta Dr. from San Andres to Weldon Rd.
As of 10:30 p.m., the fire was 0% contained. It broke out just before 9 p.m. in the city’s TV Hill area.
UPDATE (10:32 p.m.) – Santa Barbara County Fire shared images on Twitter of a firefighting crew that extinguished flames that had spread to a large home on Via del Cielo.
#Loma Fire – SB County FF stopping fire that spread to large home off Via del Cielo in Santa Barbara. Fire still at 0% containment and evacuation orders still in place. Please stay out of area. pic.twitter.com/gU8ExRntp2
— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 21, 2021
UPDATE (10:10 p.m.) – Fire officials say the fire has burned 20 acres with a rapid rate of spread.
Multiple buildings, including homes, are threatened.
Evacuations have been ordered for Loma Alta Dr. and Miramonte Drive.
(10:01 p.m.) – Firefighters were responding to a brush fire in Santa Barbara on Thursday night.
It was reported just before 9 p.m. in the area of Loma Alta Dr. and W. Canon Perdido St., also known as the TV Hill area.
Images from a PG&E camera showed flames burning on the hillside close to buildings, including the KEYT television studio.
Evacuations were reportedly ordered in the area, including at the TV station.
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.