White Fire forces over 2,000 campers to evacuate

May 28, 2013

white fireSanta Barbara County Sheriff deputies told between 2,000 to 3,000 campers they had to change their Memorial Day weekend plans and evacuate campgrounds in the Los Padres National Forest because of a wildfire.

The wind-fueled White Fire, which is burning in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, has burned 1,200 plus acres and is threatening 50 residence, five commercial properties and 50 outbuildings and other structures. It is 10 percent contained.

Since the fire started Monday at about 2:45 p.m., it has whipped through the Sage Hill Campground and a Forest Service compound. At least one building and two vehicles have been damaged.

Fire fighters from the US Forest Service, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara City, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire, Montecito Fire, Lompoc Fire, Santa Maria City Fire, Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department, San Marcos Volunteer Fire Department and Chumash Fire are battling the blaze.