In response to the Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service, residents in the Tea Fire burn area, including Sycamore Canyon and adjacent areas, were issued an Evacuation Order by Santa Barbara County and the City of Santa Barbara earlier this evening. Under an Evacuation Order, residents are advised to leave the area due to a high danger of flooding and debris flows. The county has activated its Reverse 911 System to alert residents who are under evacuation orders.
The evacuation order in the county area is bounded by:
East and West Mountain Drive from Cold Spring Road to El Cielito
Gibraltar Road from El Cielito to East Camino Cielo, including the Mount Calvary Road burn area
Chelham Way along Westmont Creek and Chelham Creek
The evacuation order in the city area includes:
Sycamore Canyon North from APS/Montecito Street to Stanwood
Stanwood Drive west to El Cielito
Conejo Road from Stanwood to Las Alturas
Conejo Lane, Camino Alto, Orizaba Lane, Orizaba Road, Sherman Road, Eland Place, and Mountain Drive east of El Cielito
Furthermore, city officials issued an Evacuation Warning for the area of the Eastside directly below Sycamore Creek. On the north side of Highway 101, the area includes streets west of Salinas Street and is bounded on the west by a line that doglegs south along Montecito Street, goes west on Soledad Street toward Sunflower Park, running south on Voluntario near Franklin Elementary School, then going west on Quinientos before meeting the Milpas roundabout near the freeway.
South of Highway 101, the evacuation warning area includes the neighborhood between Dwight Murphy Park and the Andre Clark Bird Refuge, and everything south of Cabrillo Boulevard.
Residents in Evacuation Warning areas are advised to prepare for an emergency evacuation.
The county’s Emergency Operations Center is active, and staff is currently manning its call center, which can be reached at (805) 681-5197. For more information, visit the county’s Web site, and the city’s Web site. For emergency preparation tips, visit www.ready.gov. For National Weather Service (NWS) information and Flash Flood updates, visit the NWS Website.
If you are evacuating your home but do not have lodging arranged, the American Red Cross has opened an Evacuation Shelter in the gymnasium at Santa Barbara High School, which is located at 700 Anapamu St. To contact the Red Cross for more information, call (805) 687-1331. The county’s Animal Services Department is boarding dogs and cats on site, and the hotline is (805) 681-4332.