Lookout Fire Update-2:00 pm
Update: According to a press release from the Santa Barbara Fire Department, the Lookout Fire is "currently burning in a northeasterly direction and is slope driven. The fire is burning in an area that is steep, rocky and difficult to access. The fire is holding at 15 acres due to the fire bumping up against a rocky outcropping and defensible space that was provided by home owners in the area. The
fire is currently a backing fire. Crews are providing structure protection and trying to establish control lines. One concern is that the fire will move from a slope driven fire to a wind driven fire with the onset of predicted afternoon winds.
Approximately 100 homes in the general area were threatened. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for 40 homes in the Painted Cave area. The evacuations were made through the reverse 9-11 system along with Sheriff's Search and Rescue Teams going door to door."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.