November 26, 2019

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

Santa Barbara County firefighters continue to battle the Cave fire, which began at 4:15 p.m. yesterday on E. Camino Cielo, near Painted Cave, adjacent to Hwy 154. We are deeply concerned for all those in our community who are affected by this event.

Though visible along the mountain ridge, the fire currently poses no threat to our campus, and University operations are unlikely to be affected. We are staying in communication with our local public safety and government officials and we are closely monitoring the situation.

We will continue to provide updates. The Current contains links to important sources of information related to the Cave fire, including, which provides an updated incident summary and details about evacuations, closures and shelter facilities.

On behalf of our campus, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the firefighters, first responders, and the Red Cross, as well as to our other emergency partners, local leaders, and our UC Santa Barbara colleagues, who are working around the clock to keep our community safe.


Henry T. Yang