Firefighters are currently responding to a fire that broke out around 2:45 p.m. near Calle Real and Baker Lane in Goleta, south of Dos Pueblos High School. Multiple engine crews have descend on the scene and are coordinating with dispatchers. Evacuations have been ordered along Tuolomne Drive and west-facing homes on Baker Lane. According to radio communications, the fire is moving at a slow rate of speed. It’s unclear if any homes have been burned or how far the blaze has spread.
[UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.]: Captain David Sadecki with Santa Barbara County Fire said the vegetation fire began in a filed behind Baker Lane homes, and that it’s burning in an easterly direction, pushed by a mild wind. He said four engines have responded and that area evacuations are being carried out with help from the Sheriff’s Office.
[UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.]: Sadecki said the fire has been fully contained. While it had threatened nearby homes that were briefly evacuated, the crews kept the blaze to one acre and only a single power pole was damaged. Sadecki said a few engines remain on scene to mop up but that all roads in the area are now open.