Rain Delays Completion of Cave Fire Containment Line in Santa Barbara County

“Intense” rainfall prompted a flood advisory and hindered firefighters’ efforts to complete the containment line for the Cave fire in Santa Barbara County, California, on Wednesday, December 4, officials said.

Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason said the rain “hampered” attempts to complete the fire’s containment line near “remote” and “rugged” areas. He said the rainfall delayed the projected date to complete the defensive perimeter by a week, moving it to around December 13.

The Cave fire sparked on November 25 in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s incident report. Eliason said the fire was at 90 percent containment and had burned a total of 3,126 ares as of Wednesday.

This video, shared by Eliason, shows California Department of Transportation workers shoveling muddy floodwater out of clogged drainage culverts along State Route 154 near the Cave fire’s burn scar.

“Please use caution and slow down while driving through the area recently charred in the Cave fire,” spokesman Mike Eliason said on Twitter. Credit: Santa Barbara County Fire via Storyful