Firefighters take shelter behind their engine as flames advance near El Capitan State Park.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire

Firefighters take shelter behind their engine as flames advance near El Capitan State Park.

Scherpa Fire Closes 101, Calle Real

As it did Wednesday night, the Scherpa Fire has closed both directions of Highway 101 between Goleta to the south and Buellton to the north as it’s blown by evening winds off the mountains toward the ocean. Calle Real, just north of the highway, is also closed from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio Road as flames burn stretches of meadow next to the roadway. A number of cars were reportedly stuck along the 101 while CHP and fire officials were implementing the closures.

updated 1:56 p.m., 7/14

Incident: Sherpa Fire
3:21 p.m., 6/15


7,474 acres

2 sheds, 2 “outbuildings,” 1 water treatment plant destroyed

10 personnel

nine minor injuries

$18.1 million
El Capitan State Beach
West Camino Cielo Road from Refugio Pass to Winchester Gun Club
Dry conditions; Northwest winds: 25- to 45-mph nighttime gusts over Santa Ynez Range

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