At 10:30 p.m. on November  25, 2019, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local emergency (see attached proclamation) due to the Cave Fire that started burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains east of the intersection of State Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo Road. The proclamation was made by the Director of County Emergency Services; the Board of Supervisors is expected to ratify the proclamation at an Emergency Meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Read more here.

Emergency Call Center: (833) 688-5551
211 or outside (805) area code, call (800)  400-1572
Animal Evacuation Assistance: (805) 681-4332

Evacuation Order:
Evacuation order boundaries expanded from Ontare Road to Fairview Ave. north of Cathedral Oaks.

Evacuation Warning:
Due to the Cave Fire, an Evacuation WARNING is being issued for the area North of Foothill Road from Ontare Road to Gibraltar Road.
Due to the Cave Fire, an Evacuation WARNING is being issued for the area West of Hwy 154 to El Sueno, below Cathedral Oaks to Calle Real. Please remain alert and be prepared to evacuate if conditions change.

Shelter Location:
Goleta Valley Community Center
5679 Hollister Road. Goleta

Animal Sheltering: For Assistance, call Hotline: 805-681-4332
Small Animals:
Goleta Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Rd.
Large Animals:
Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

Air Quality:
Air Quality Warning issued for Santa Barbara County. Smoke and ash from the Cave Fire is affecting local air quality, and conditions may continue over the next several days. Information and precautions at

Mask Distribution:
Distribution of N-95 masks has begun at the following locations during normal business hours. Additional locations will be shared as they are confirmed.

  • Direct Relief (Goleta), 6100 Wallace Becknell Rd
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, 5580 Calle Real and 970 Embarcadero del Mar (Isla Vista)
  • Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive
  • Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue
  • Goleta Valley Library, 500 North Fairview Avenue
  • La Casa Del la Raza, 601 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Unity Shoppe,1209 State Street, 1401 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Barbara Central Library, 40 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Power Outages:
Parts of southern Santa Barbara County are experiencing power outages due to impacts from the #cavefire.  This outage is not related to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Outages have been reported in unincorporated areas between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, along Highway 154 through Mission Canyon, and parts of Summerland and Carpinteria.  Call SCE 1-800-611-1911 if you have any questions or visit for outage area updates.  Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.