Santa Barbara County, CA

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 09:56

January 13, 2018 Storm Incident Update

Incident Update

Date: 01/13/2018 Time: 7:00 AM

Information Line: (833) 688-5551

Via Text: (805) 699-0165

Media Line: (805) 996-0579


Incident Start Date: 01/09/2018

Incident Type: Winter Storm Acreage: 30 Square MilesIncident Start Time: 02:00 AM Cause: Heavy Winter Rain Containment: See "Current Situation"

Incident Location: Areas North of and adjacent to Hwy 101 in Montecito

Single Family Residences Destroyed: Single Family Residences


Damaged: 462

Single Family Residences Threatened: 3,000

Commercial Property Destroyed: 8 Fatalities: 18

Commercial Property Damaged: 20

Commercial Property Threatened: 200

Injuries: 28

Missing: 7


Engines: 179

Water Rescue Teams: 3

Helicopters: 3

Dozers: 8

K9 USAR: 39

Technical Rescue: 12

Air Tankers: 0

Hand Crews: 48

Total Personnel: 2113

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, CalTrans, US Coast Guard, US Navy, So Cal Gas, So Cal Edison, SB SAR, American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Public Works, California Conservation Corps.


Current Situation:

Crews continue to search buildings and debris flows for trapped victims. The unstable environment remains a critical threat to civilians and responders. The large amounts of mud and debris are making access and progress challenging. Search and rescue remains the highest priority.

Damage inspection has begun. Damaged and destroyed numbers are estimates and likely to change as crews continue to make progress.

Anticipate the numbers of missing persons to fluctuate significantly. The Sheriff's Department is continually receiving reports of missing persons and is actively investigating each report. Many reports reach a rapid and successful conclusion, other require additional investigation.

Mandatory Evacuations:

The unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpenteria: NORTH of Hwy 192, EAST of Cold Springs Road, and WEST of Hwy 150/the County line.

SOUTH of Hwy 192, EAST of Olive Mill/Hot Springs Road and WEST of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary.

The previous Public Safety Exclusion Zone is now part of the Mandatory Evacuation Order area.

Also included in this Order, are the areas along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon, and the Whittier burn areas near Goleta.

Evacuation Warning:

All areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean:

EAST of Summit Rd/Hot Springs Road/Channel Drive and WEST of Hot Springs/Olive Mill and EAST of Sheffield Drive to Hwy 150/ the County line. People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately if the situation worsens.

Incident Update

Evacuation Shelters:

Santa Barbara City College Campus Gymnasium 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Ca


Natural gas has been shut off to most parts of Montecito. It is expected to be several days before restoration. For additional gas outage information, go to or dial 1-800-427-2200

Power outages are affecting over 6,000 homes and businesses, primarily in the Montecito area. Many areas of Montecito are without potable water and sanitary services.

Water outage is anticipated throughout the Montecito Water District (excluding Summerland).

Boil Water Notice:

ALL customers of the Montecito Water District (including Summerland) should boil or disinfect with bleach any tap water before drinking or cooking. Directions on how to boil or disinfect water:

Bottled Water Distribution:

Bottled water will be distributed at two locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. This water is only for Montecito District customers in need of water: -Montecito Fire Station #2 at 2300 Sycamore Canyon Rd and Cold Spring Rd. -Summerland Post Office at 2245 Lillie Ave

Animal Shelters:

Large Animals: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara Small Animal Shelter: Santa Barbara Humane Society

For assistance with large and small animals, call (805) 681-4332

Beach Closures and Ocean Water Quality:

In order to protect public health, the following beaches are closed until further notice: Gaviota Beach down the coast to the County line at Rincon Point. People should not enter the water as levels of bacteria highly exceed standard levels.

Family Assistance Center:

First Presbyterian Church 21 E. Constance Ave Santa Barbara, CA

Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Tuesday, January 16th

  • Purpose is to provide assistance in finding friends or family who may have been affected by the storm.

  • Staffed by Sheriff, Red Cross, Behavioral Wellness, Social Services and Public Health.

School Closures:

For the most up-to-date information on school closures, contact your local school district or call 211.

Road Closures:

Highway 101 SB @ Milpas Street Highway 101 NB @ HWY 150 HWY 192 in multiple locations

Donations and Volunteering:

For donations and volunteer opportunities, please contact the local Red Cross.

Additional Information:

Call 211 (local) or (800) 400-1572 (toll-free)

Call Information Line at (833) 688-5551 or text (805) 699-0165