Firefighters from the Los Angeles area — including Long Beach Engine 10, the crew that lost its captain to a shooting last month — were among those fighting the wildfire that raced through Goleta Saturday.
The Holiday Fire started amidst hellish weather conditions at 8:40 p.m. Friday, in the Catherdal Oaks section of rural homes, about 3 miles north of the Santa Barbara Airport. A hurried evacuation took place along Fairview Avenue, about two miles north of the 101 Freeway, 95 miles west of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles Fire Department rushed five engines and 22 firefighters up the 101 Freeway to help the Santa Barbara County Fire Department in the late hours of Friday.
Los Angeles County also sent engines and fire helicopters, as did other Southland agencies. An exact count was not immediately available.
KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara Saturday showed video of Long Beach Engine 10, as its crews battled a resurgent fire in a house in Goleta that had been smoldering overnight.
That was the same crew, the TV station reported, that encountered gunfire as it headed into a senior living center in Long Beach on June 25. Fire Capt. Dave Rosa was shot and killed by a 77-year-old resident that day.
As for the Holiday Fire Saturday, as of 9:30 a.m. it had largely been stopped, and the firefighting efforts had turned to putting out hot spots in fires that had first burned Friday night.
It was reported at 5 percent contained, 60 acres burned, and as many as 20 homes and barns burned.