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The fire peeking over a ridge, now the Riviera is ablaze.

Chris Meagher

The fire peeking over a ridge, now the Riviera is ablaze.


UPDATED: All of Mountain Drive Ordered to Evacuate

Sycamore Canyon Fire Estimated at 20 Acres


Though still no official word yet from fire officials, KEYT is now reporting that all of Mountain Drive should evacuate, as of 6:50 p.m.

Chris Meagher reports that he spoke with Gayle Beebe, the president of Westmont. Some structures have caught fire, including the campus chapel. The students on the Westmont campus who have not evacuated yet are seeking refuge in the campus gym, which is made of concrete and is fireproof. The gym contains supplies for up to 1,200 people. According to Beebe, the fire started not far from the Westmont tea garden.

Because the fire may knock out power to neighborhoods around Santa Barbara, residents may want to sign up for the Indy Alert system, which will send text messages with all fire updates to cell phones. Sign up for Indy Alert here.

More to come as it becomes available. Independent.com will update with further evacuations.

Westmont College

955 La Paz Rd., Montecito, CA
805-565-6893. More Info

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