MONTECITO, Calif. (FOX 11) - --UPDATE--
Santa Barbara County officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation order issued for the recent burn areas in the county as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain are still possible through the night into Wednesday morning in the area.
For more information, go to https://readysbc.org.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order for parts of Montecito and other areas below the Sherpa/Whittier and Thomas Fire burn zones ahead of a powerful storm predicted to hit the area on Tuesday.
The evacuation order goes into effect on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. To view the evacuation map, click here.
County officials are urging residents under this evacuation order to start gathering their family members, pets and essential items to evacuate no later than 10:00 a.m. Those living close to the evacuation order areas should also be on alert and ready to evacuate.
The SB County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER for areas below the Sherpa/Whittier and Thomas Fire burn areas due to the approaching storm. Residents need to leave by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. To see Evacuation Order areas and for updates go to https://t.co/sqU5C8FNZk. pic.twitter.com/sHKU814vQO— SB Sheriff's Office (@sbsheriff) January 15, 2019
The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Goleta Valley Community Center located at 5679 Hollister Avenue in the city of Goleta. Residents that need help evacuating animals should call the Animal Hotline at 805-681-4332.
Tuesday's storm is expected to subside by Tuesday night but it could produce debris flows in the area. Another storm similar in intensity is expected to arrive Wednesday evening.
For more information go to https://readysbc.org.