Yesterday afternoon, Feb. 19, a fire occurred in a storm drain conduit under Highway 101 just east of the bridge over Carpinteria Creek. The fire was difficult to extinguish and has caused significant damage that requires the closure of Via Real for further investigation and repairs. As a result of the fire and its damage, Via Real is now closed to vehicle traffic from the intersection of the northbound Highway 101 on and off ramps to San Roque Mobile Home Park’s most westerly entrance at Carpinteria Creek Park. It is unknown how long the vehicular closure will last, but bicycles and pedestrians may pass through the closure area. Also, some of the foam and debris from the firefighting discharged to Carpinteria Creek. Firefighting foam is a legal discharge and is expected to dissipate.