LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The White Fire 2013 map grew in Santa Barbara and Kern Counties overnight. The latest update on the White Fire today May 28, 2013 (fire map below) was given shortly after 1 am PST. Officials now indicate to news that the White Fire is only at ten percent containment. Reps reminds news that this is not a Cal Fire case. The White Fire is Southeast of Lake Cachuma, approx. 12 miles southeast of Santa Ynez and is being handled by USFS Los Padres National Forest and neighboring agencies.
The White Fire broke out at 2:45 PM PST Monday afternoon in Santa Barbara. The U.S. Forest Service told news last night that the fire had jumped from seven hundred to one thousand acres and had caused evacuations of Los Padres National Forest Service. It had also dispatched twenty members of the Kern County Fire Department to the front lines.
But LALATE can report that, as of 5 am PST, that the number has grown dramatically. The fire is now at twelve hundred acres and only ten percent containment. Officials tell news that fifty homes, five commercial structures, and fifty outbuildings are threatened. As many as two to three thousand persons are still under evacuation.
Aerial efforts will continue this morning. The aerial assault was halted just before sunset last night due to high winds. The fire may have caused damage to Sage Hill Campground, official warn. In a news briefing, officials indicate to news that a structural protection team is now on Paradise Road, with a hard closure of the Road in place. Nearly three hundred personnel are on scene currently. The fire is being advances by 25 mph winds, 85 degree temperatures, and humidity levels at thirty-two percent. For the latest fire map on Inciweb, click HERE. Note: Inciweb is often slow in loading. For continuing coverage, click HERE.