Evacuation warning lifted for Sherpa Fire burn area

Warning canceled as of 6 p.m. Monday

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Santa Barbara County officials said the Sherpa Fire burn area evacuation warming will be lifted at 6 p.m. Monday. 

This includes the areas in and around El Capitan Canyon, El Capitan Ranch, El Capitan State Beach, Refugio State Beach, Refugio Canyon, Canada Venadito Canyon, del Coral, and Las Flores Canyon.  


An evacuation warning has been issued from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office for areas burned in the Sherpa Fire.

Those areas include El Capitan Canyon, El Capitan Ranch, El Capitan State Beach, Refugio State Beach, Refugio Canyon, Canada Venadito Canyon, del Coral and Las Flores Canyon.

The warning went into effect Sunday morning at 4:00 a.m. 

In the last four days, more than six inches of rain fell above the Sherpa Fire burn area.

At the Orella Ranch, a creek overflowed after debris plugged up a culvert flooding a dog day care outdoor facility.

Also in the area, three historic Orella Adobe's were flooded by rising waters and fire debris. 

The full warning can be read here:

An evacuation warning means there is a strong likelihood that there will be a risk to life and property, and residents in the warning area should take this time to prepare to leave quickly if given a mandatory evacuation order. Time should be taken to gather family members, pets, valuables, and important paperwork/documents. An individual or family should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. However, if anyone feels threatened, do not wait for an evacuation order – leave immediately.

In addition, advisories issued today from the National Weather Service include a high wind warning in place through Monday, January 23, and a flash flood watch on Sunday, January 22 from the early morning until the afternoon for all areas of Santa Barbara County, not just the burn areas.

El Capitan and Refugio state parks are currently closed, as well as the northbound Hwy 101 off ramp at El Capitan.

The public is encouraged to avoid going out in the storm and to stay off the roads. As a precaution, do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 for help.

Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade. Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards, such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

Full storm coverage can be found on air and online on KEYT, KCOY and KKFX.

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