The Cave fire began in the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara, California, on Monday, November 25, and had burned over 4,300 acres, prompted several evacuations, and caused multiple road closures as of November 26.
The fire began burning around 4 pm on Monday near the intersection of State Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo Road, and strong winds overnight caused the flames to spread rapidly, making conditions dicey for firefighters.
“It was really messy last night … the wind pushed it in every direction, and we’re trying to get it and keep a perimeter,” county fire Battalion Chief Anthony Stornetta said in a press conference on Tuesday morning.
Santa Barbara resident Katherine Todal managed to record a video as she was fleeing to safety on Monday night, showing flaming debris whizzing in front of her car as the fire rages alongside the highway.
The Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District issued an air quality warning for the area due to elevated levels of smoke on Tuesday morning.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. No injuries or destroyed homes had been reported as of 1 pm on November 26. Credit: Katherine Todal via Storyful