Fire in Santa Barbara triggers evacuation of TV newsroom and neighborhood

A fast-moving vegetation fire broke out Thursday night in Santa Barbara, forcing evacuations of a television newsroom and the surrounding neighborhood.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said the Loma fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. on the hillside between Miramonte Drive and Loma Alta Drive, near the newsroom of KEYT-TV. The blaze had spread to about 20 acres as of 10 p.m.

The fire prompted the evacuation of the newsroom and residents in the surrounding neighborhood. The Santa Barbara Police Department posted on Twitter that evacuation orders had been issued from the 900 block of Miramonte Drive to Weldon Road, including Isleta Avenue, Arroyo Avenue and Weldon Road. Evacuations were also issued for Loma Alta Drive between San Andres Street and Weldon Road.

The fire is wind-driven and burning uphill. It was at 0% containment as of 11:30 p.m., but firefighters were making good progress, Eliason said.

The Red Cross is providing resources to residents at the Leadbetter Beach parking lot.

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