This morning, Thursday, August 16, at 10 a.m., the Montecito Fire Protection District put the following update on its website:
“FIRE PROGRESSION UPDATE:
The Montecito Fire Protection District is in an elevated state of awareness due to the southern progression the fire made yesterday and last night. Romero Canyon Trail will be closed due to work being done to create and widen a fuel break contingency line in the Romero Canyon area.”
In a previous article, MFPD Chief Kevin Wallace said important decision-markers would be the Don Victor Jeepway and the Hildreth Jeepway. In a brief interview this morning, Wallace said the fire has now crept across the Hildreth Jeepway, causing Montecito Fire to issue the elevated state of awareness notice.
“We needed two days to be out of it,” said Wallace. “We didn’t get them. We are investigating how far the fire moved south across the Hildreth Jeepway.” Wallace is meeting this morning with Incident Command to explore further safety measures for Montecito.
To be clear, Montecito is NOT under any evacuation warnings or orders at this time.