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Santa Barbara fire: Officials lift many mandatory evacuation orders

May 9, 2009 | 11:32 am

Fire officials lifted mandatory evacuation orders for most of the 30,500 residents in affected areas. A news release from fire officials is below:

Jesusita Fire Press Release as of May 9, 2009, at 10:40 a.m.

Jesusita fire evacuation update

The unified command team has developed a plan for the safe, structured return of residents to their homes and businesses.  The current mandatory evacuation order has been downgraded to an evacuation warning for the following areas:

Effective immediately – All residences south of Foothill Road (Hwy 192), from Mission Canyon Road south to Los Olivos, Los Olivos to Garden Street, Garden Street to Constance Road, Constance Road to State Street, State Street west to San Roque Road, San Roque Road north to Foothill Road (Hwy 192).

All residences south of Cathedral Oaks Road from Patterson Avenue south to Hwy 101, Hwy 101 east to Turnpike Road, Turnpike Road north to Cathedral Oaks Road.

Effective at 11:30 a.m. – All residences south of Foothill (Hwy 192), from Hope Avenue south to State Street, State Street east to San Roque, San Roque north to Foothill Road (Hwy 192).

All residences south of Cathedral Oaks Road from Turnpike Road south to Hwy 101, Hwy 101 east to Hwy 154, Hwy 154 north to Cathedral Oaks/Foothill Road (Hwy 192)

Effective at 12:00 p.m. – All residences south of Foothill Road (Hwy 192), from Hope Avenue south to State Street, State Street west to Hwy 154, Hwy 154 north to Foothill Road (Hwy 192).

Residents of the above locations may return to their homes and businesses. Please remember that an evacuation warning stills exists in the area. Returning residents and business owners are cautioned to remain aware of the potential for an evacuation order on short notice.

Hwy 154 north of Calle Real remains closed except for emergency vehicle traffic. Cathedral Oaks from Patterson Avenue east, continuing east past Hwy 154/Foothill Road (Hwy 192) to Mission Canyon Road remains closed except for emergency vehicle traffic.

All other existing mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation warnings remain in effect.

The unified command is constantly evaluating the situation to repopulate affected areas.


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