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  • All Santa Barbara County road closures have been lifted.

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September 1, 2016 (Most Current Information)

Yesterday fire crews constructed direct line on the remaining uncontained fireline on the north side of the fire. These efforts increased the overall containment to 96 percent. Today crews will focus their efforts on the remaining suppression repair, mop-up and patrolling, making sure that the fire perimeter is secure and suppressing hot spots.

Fire suppression repair is almost completed. Crews have completed approximately 99 percent of suppression repair; 46 miles of road that was used as fireline has been repaired, along with 44 miles of dozer line, 20 miles of handline, 2.4 miles of chipping and .1 miles of fencing has been repaired. The command of the Rey Fire will transfer from CIIMT1 (McGowan) to the Los Padres National Forest (Domingues) at 6 p.m. today. Several crews and a helicopter will still be patrolling and watching for hot spots near the firelines under the command of the new Incident Commander. Residents and visitors should expect to see smoke coming from the interior of the fire area for the next couple of weeks as these crews continue patrol and suppression efforts on the Rey Fire.

Private Drones Pose Risk to Rey Firefighters - Los Padres National Forest officials are reminding the public of the danger posed to firefighters in the air and on the ground by private Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airspace in and around the Rey Fire to protect pilots flying suppression-support operations. In spite of the TFR, there have been three recent incidents involving privately owned drones over the Rey Fire. Read the full news release.

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective August 26. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Current Information:

  • 32,606 acres burned
  • 96% containment
  • 224 personnel assigned

Earlier Updates:

Yesterday fire crews constructed direct line on the remaining uncontained fireline on the north side of the fire. These efforts increased the overall containment to 87 percent. Fire activity was minimal with no growth. Today crews will again focus their efforts on the remaining uncontained fireline on the north flank of the fire, making sure that the fire perimeter is secure and suppressing hot spots. Crews continue to deal with rough terrain in that area. The rest of the fire perimeter is in patrol and mop-up status.

Private Drones Pose Risk to Rey Firefighters - Los Padres National Forest officials are reminding the public of the danger posed to firefighters in the air and on the ground by private Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airspace in and around the Rey Fire to protect pilots flying suppression-support operations. In spite of the TFR, there have been three recent incidents involving privately owned drones over the Rey Fire. . Read the full news release.

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective August 26. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Current Information:

  • 32,606 acres burned
  • 87% containment
  • 667 personnel assigned

Fire activity continues to be minimal with no growth. Fire crews are making good progress in securing containment lines on the north side of the fires. These efforts increased the overall containment to 78 percent. Today crews will focus on building a direct line on the remaining uncontained fireline on the north flank of the fire. Mop-up and patrol for isolated hot spots will continue on the other portions of the fire perimeter.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through Wednesday morning for Sundowner winds and low relative humidity. High pressure will remain in the area through today with continued hot and dry weather. Today's temperatures will be in the high 90s and winds out of the west 5-9 mph, gusts up to 20 mph.

Rey Fire Map as of August 29, 2016

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective August 26. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Current Information:

  • 32,601 acres burned
  • 78% containment
  • 778 personnel assigned

Crews continued direct line construction, mop up and suppression repair. There were no injuries on the fire today.

There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect that may be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning depending on wind activity.

Rey Fire Map as of August 29, 2016

August 28, 2016 Air Quality Report

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective August 26. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Current Information:

  • 32,601 acres burned (adjusted due to more accurate mapping)
  • 78% containment
  • 778 personnel assigned

There was no significant fire activity today as crews continued direct line construction, and mopping up areas of heat. Crews continued suppression repair.

Rey Fire Map as of August 28, 2016

August 27, 2016 Air Quality Report

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective August 26. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Paradise Rd. is open to RESIDENTS and EMPLOYEES ONLY.

Current Information:

  • 33,006 acres burned
  • 61% containment
  • 1,097 personnel assigned

There was no forward spread on the fire yesterday or last night. The fire remains at 33,006 acres, with containment increasing to 46%. The west end of the fire looks very good and will go into patrol status beginning today. Yesterday crews were able to construct direct line along the east perimeter of the fire with air support backing up ground efforts. Today crews will continue to construct line directly on the fire's perimeter along the eastern flank; while improving the P-Bar and Pendola contingency lines. Crews will patrol the west end of the fire and begin fire suppression repair efforts.

Rey Fire Map as of August 27, 2016

August 26, 2016 Air Quality Report

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective August 26. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Paradise Rd. is open to RESIDENTS and EMPLOYEES ONLY.

Current Information:

  • 33,006 acres burned
  • 46% containment
  • 1,799 personnel assigned

August 26, 2016 Air Quality Report

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Rey Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District to the public effective today. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. The order will expire when the Rey Fire is fully contained and controlled. (see full news release and map)

Crews worked to assess line location on the spots in Div P and around the Ogilvy Ranch. Paradise Rd. is open to RESIDENTS and EMPLOYEES ONLY.

Current Information:

  • 33,006 acres burned
  • 46% containment
  • 1,856 personnel assigned
Los Padres National Forest Elevates Fire Restrictions

The Rey Fire Unified Command in conjunction with California Highway Patrol and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office will be allowing people who live or work off of Paradise Road to return effective Thursday August 25, at 6 p.m.

The road will remain closed to the public, campers, and anyone not affiliated with the suppression actions, so that firefighting personnel and equipment are protected as they continue to utilize the road to access the fire. Law Enforcement will be checking ID's so that only residents or employees will be allowed in.

As of Wednesday night, firefighters continued to battle the Rey Fire on the northeastern perimeters, cutting bulldozer and hand lines to protect the Gibraltar Reservoir watershed and stop the blaze as it approached Mono Creek. The southern and western fire containment remained firm.

Total burn area: 31,505 acres, 39% Containment. Smoke will continue to be visible for large distances. There is an Air Quality Watch in place throughout the county, and residents are encouraged to limit their exposure to smoke. Hourly air quality readings taken at various locations can be found on the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District website

Current Information:

  • 31,505 acres burned
  • 39% containment
  • 2,020 personnel assigned
  • 42 hand crews, 62 engines, 21 dozers, 29 water tenders working the fire.  The air resources include 16 helicopters, 6 air tankers, and 2 VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers).

Firefighters continued to battle the Rey Fire on the northeastern perimeters, cutting bulldozer and hand lines to protect the Gibraltar Reservoir watershed and stop the blaze as it approached Mono Creek. The southern and western fire containment remained firm. With 1,972 personnel on duty, there were no reportable injuries.

Paradise Road remains closed and the evacuation order has not been lifted. Those with proof of Paradise Road residency are permitted to access their homes.

Total burn area: 31,505 acres, 37% Containment. Smoke will continue to be visible for large distances. There is an Air Quality Watch in place throughout the count, and residents are encouraged to limit their exposure to smoke. Hourly air quality readings taken at various locations can be found on the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District website

Current Information:

  • 31,505 acres burned
  • 37% containment
  • 1,783 personnel assigned
  • 42 hand crews, 62 engines, 21 dozers, 29 water tenders working the fire.  The air resources include 16 helicopters, 6 air tankers, and 2 VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers).

Paradise Road residents may be permitted to move back home Wednesday at the earliest. Prior to 4 pm each day, Paradise Road residents may access their homes in 15-minute increments for vital information, medicines, or pets. Though there is no imminent fire danger in the area, heavy road traffic from the firefighters is a factor in the decision to delay their return. E. Camino Cielo has been closed at Highway 154 and Gibraltar Road is also closed from E. Camino Cielo to the SB city limits. Residents of those areas will be allowed full access to their homes and there is no current fire danger.

Total burn area: 29,664 acres, 30% Containment. Heavy smoke and plumes are expected next several days. With an Air Quality Watch in place throughout the county, residents are encouraged to limit their exposure to smoke and can check hourly air quality readings taken at various locations, found on the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District website

Current Information:

  • 29,664 acres burned
  • 30% containment
  • 1428 personnel assigned
  • 42 hand crews, 62 engines, 21 dozers, 29 water tenders working the fire.  The air resources include 16 helicopters, 6 air tankers, and 2 VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers).

Paradise Road residents may be permitted to move back home Wednesday at the earliest. Prior to 4 pm each day, Paradise Road residents may access their homes in 15-minute increments for vital information, medicines, or pets. Though there is no imminent fire danger in the area, heavy road traffic from the firefighters is a factor in the decision to delay their return. E. Camino Cielo has been closed at Highway 154 and Gibraltar Road is also closed from E. Camino Cielo to the SB city limits. Residents of those areas will be allowed full access to their homes and there is no current fire danger.

The Rey Fire is currently at 23,546 acres. Containment is at 20%. The fire burned approximately two miles to the east on Sunday, August 21 in old drought impacted chaparral. It is expected today will have similar burning conditions as yesterday with large smoke plumes.  The west side of the fire is holding after crews established control lines, mop-up will continue. The south side is holding north of the Santa Ynez River and crews continue to strengthen the lines. While not anticipated to be used, contingency lines are being constructed, including on the existing East Camino Cielo fuel break.

The advance of the Rey Fire slowed today and containment doubled to 20%, under the efforts of 1,260 firefighters. Despite dramatic plumes of smoke visible along coastal areas, the fire continued to move deeper into the wilderness and away from populated areas.

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It was incorrectly reported that the Rey Fire is burning south and crossed the Santa Ynez River toward populated areas. The fire continues to burn in the back country and remains far north of the river and the containment line on the south. There is no imminent threat to lives or property at this time.

Heavy smoke and plumes are expected next several days. 

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Current Information:

  • 21,172 acres burned
  • 20% containment

 

The Rey Fire continues to burn north and east into the back country, north of the Santa Ynez River. This impressive pyrocumulus cloud makes it look like it's behind Montecito, but it's not.

Per the CNN website, wildfires such as the Rey Fire, can become hot enough to produce rare mushroom-cloud like formations known as pyrocumulus clouds. They tower above the ash and smoke from raging wildfires and are often seen for miles. Normal cumulus clouds form because the sun's rays heat the ground, forming warm air that rises because it is less dense than the cooler air above. As it rises, the air cools and condenses to form the cloud.

Information as of August 20, 2016 7:00 pm

  • 13,224 acres burned
  • 10% containment

    The Rey Fire continued activity Saturday growing from 10,000 to 13,224 acres. Heavy smoke was seen throughout Santa Barbara County. The heavy smoke and large plume was due to fire-fighting efforts on the northwest side.

    Heavy smoke and plumes are expected next several days. The current weather conditions as of 7 p.m. Sat., August 20, 2016 caused the smoke to spill over the ridge into the Front Country. However, the fire progression is continuing northeast and is not a threat to the Front County at this time.

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  • Rey Fire Map - 4:00 PM - Large (PDF 7.5 MB)

Information as of August 19, 2016 5:00 pm

  • 2,700 acres burned. Still at 20% containment.

Information as of August 19, 2016 12:15 pm

  • Updated aerial calculations have adjusted the size of the Rey Fire to 1000 acres. Still at 20% containment. Winds expected to be 25 mph from the Southwest.
  • Hwy. 154 is open in both directions. Paradise Road remains closed.
  • No additional evacuations are anticipated at this time. The Red Cross shelter at Santa Ynez High School has closed but will remain on stand by.
  • Command of the incident will transition to a Type II Federal Incident Management Team at 1600 today

Information as of August 19, 2016 10:30 am

  • The Rey Fire continues to hold at 600 acres with 20% containment. Winds expected to be 25 mph from the Southwest.
  • Hwy. 154 is open in both directions. Paradise Road remains closed.
  •  No additional evacuations are anticipated at this time. The Red Cross shelter at Santa Ynez High School has closed but will remain on stand by.
  •  Command of the incident will transition to a Type II Federal Incident Management Team at 1600 today

Information as of August 18, 2016 9:00 pm

  • Evacuation Shelter Update: The shelter at San Marcos High School is closed. The shelter at Santa Ynez High School remains open.
  • 600 acres burned, 20% contained

Information as of August 18, 2016 6:30 pm

  • 500 acres burned
  • Two evacuation centers for campers and Los Prietos Boys Camp:
    1) San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara  2)Santa Ynez High School, 2975 E. Hwy 246, Santa Ynez
  • For assistance with animal evacuations, residents should call (805) 681-4332.
  • Equipment on-scene and on order:
    • 20 engines on scene; 25 on order
    • 3 hand crews on scene; 10 on order
    • 2 dozers on scene
    • 2 helicopters on scene
    • 4 air tankers on scene
    • 1 DC 10 on scene  


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  • Evacuation Shelter Update: The shelter at San Marcos High School is closed. The shelter at Santa Ynez High School remains open.
  • For assistance with animal evacuations, residents should call (805) 681-4332

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