This satellite photo shows the Jesusita fire scar and how close it came to the city. NASA has this to say about it:
"Having burned an estimated 8,733 acres, the Jesusita Fire in the Los Padres National Forest north of Santa Barbara, California, was about 95 percent contained on May 15, 2009. This natural-color image from the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite shows the burned area on May 13, 2009. The marine clouds that hid the city from view during a previous overpass had cleared by this time, and the encroachment of the blaze into the outskirts of the Santa Barbara is obvious."