Hello all — We wanted to let everyone know that the Sherpa fire has not yet affected our wine country and we are still running tours on an every day basis.
Our local Santa Barbara Visitor’s Bureau provided us with the following information for visitors:
The fire burning in Refugio Canyon has increased overnight to 4,000 acres and is at 5% containment. A crew of more than 1,200 firefighters is aggressively attacking the fire, with five air tankers, a DC-10 and helicopters.
It is currently headed eastward, but the direction could shift north and south depending on the strength of sundowner winds.
IMPACT TO VISITORS:
The immediate impact to visitors is the mandatory evacuation of campers and visitors at El Capitán State Beach, Refugio State Beach, El Capitan Canyon (a private campground resort) and Circle Bar B Ranch. The two state beaches and campgrounds are closed, and reservations have been canceled through Friday, June 24. For campground updates, visit: http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundDirectoryList.do?contractCode=ca
Highway 101 is currently open in both directions, but travelers driving through the area between Refugio State Beach and Winchester Canyon Road may experience delays and/or closures if conditions change. (During the last two nights, the highway has been closed as the fire, fueled by a shift in winds, headed toward the coast.) During Highway 101 closures, travelers can expect heavy traffic on alternate route Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass between Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez.
Santa Barbara Airport remains open, with no impact on flights anticipated.
Amtrak train service is currently running, but visitors should check schedules to be sure there are no service delays or interruptions. (Last night, the Union Pacific Railroad was closed north of Goleta when the fire encroached the freeway.)
We hope that this information is helpful to you if you are planning a trip to Santa Barbara. If you have a current reservation with us, we will be texting or e-mailing if there are any changes at all to the current situation with the fire that might affect any tours.