Rey Fire increases to more than 29,000 acres

Photo by Kelly Hahn of Santa Barbara County Fire

The Rey Fire continues to grow to 29,664 acres and is at 30 percent containment as of Tuesday morning, according to fire officials.  The update from the Los Padres National Forest Service read that the fire was active, spreading primarily to the east and north.

The fire has reached the Zaca Fire scar in the northeast which is slowing growth. On the east side, firefighters are using existing infrastructure (roads and old dozer line) to construct containment lines near Mono Creek, according to InciWeb.

Expect to see smoke and ashfall in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpenteria for the next couple of days as the fire grows east/northeast towards the Dick Smith Wilderness.

East Camino Cielo Road will be closed to all traffic at the junctions of Painted Cave Road and Gibralter Road for the safety of firefighter personnel and equipment movement. An evacuation order remains in effect for the Paradise Road recreation areas, parts of Stagecoach Road and the Los Prietos Boys Camp, according to officials.

The Rey Fire fire started Thursday afternoon just before 3 p.m. near the White Rock Campgrounds, said Mike Eliason of Santa Barbara County Fire.

Anyone who needs assistance evacuating animals are to call Santa Barbara County Animal Services at (805) 681-4332.