The Holiday fire which began burning July 6 in northern Goleta reached 100-percent containment Tuesday night after scorching 113 acres and destroying 10 single-family residences.
The blaze began in the 1500 block of Holiday Hill shortly before 9 p.m. and quickly grew due to wind gusts and hot temperatures, threatening over 100 structures.
Besides destroying homes, the Holiday fire damaged three single-family residences, and destroyed 14 nonhabitable structures, including outbuildings, workshops, barns, detached garages and storage sheds, according to Santa Barbara County Fire public information officer Mike Eliason.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Crews will continue to patrol the area with an engine for the next several days and, also, conduct any additional mop-up.
The county's Holiday Fire Local Assistance Center will remain open through Saturday, according to county spokesperson Gina DePinto, with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center is located at Goleta Union School District at 401 N. Fairview Ave.
Residents affected by the fire are invited and encouraged to visit the center to speak to local, state and nonprofit agencies and organizations about resources and steps for recovery and rebuilding.
Emotional support services will also be available for children, adults and families.
Areas under mandatory evacuation during the Holiday fire have since been downgraded to an exclusion zone, open to residents only, according to county officials.
The exclusion zone includes neighborhoods accessed from North Fairview Avenue, north of the intersection with North La Goleta Road, including Sunset Ridge Road; Franklin Ranch Road; northern parts of La Goleta Road; North Fairview, north of La Goleta Road; El Camino Ratel; Holiday Hill Road; Villa Lemora; Cuesta Verde; Edward Place; and Pine Tree Lane.
Residents and homeowners living in these areas are allowed to return by showing identification at law enforcement checkpoints.
Residents are reminded to stay vigilant, drive slowly, adhere to road closures and yield to emergency personnel and work crews in the area.