UPDATE: Highway 101 closed in Santa Barbara County as Alisal Fire spurs evacuations

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Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County broke out about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11.


A fire that broke out near the Alisal Reservoir in Santa Barbara County about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 exploded to 9,000 acres by Tuesday mid-afternoon, threatening 100 structures, closing Highway 101 between Highway 1 and Winchester Canyon Road/Cathedral Oaks in both directions, and spurring evacuations.

At 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, there were over 600 firefighters deployed in the area. Air traffic includes two helicopters and an air attack plane on scene to combat the spread of the fire. 

Evacuation warnings have been issued for the area east of Calle Mariposa Reina, west of Arroyo Hondo, and south of W Camino Cielo as of Oct. 12 at 3:38 p.m. 

The fire reportedly jumped Refugio Road on Tuesday, Oct. 12 threatening several nearby ranches and structures. Persistent winds have continued to fan the Alisal Fire and by 3 p.m. on Oct. 12, fire bands landing in Las Flores Canyon were threatening the Exxon refinery down below. 

As of 4:27 p.m., Highway 101 remains closed between Highway 1 near Lompoc and Wonchester Canyon Road in Goleta. The fire remains at 0% containment. 

 Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department issued an Evacuation Order on Monday for the following areas, urging people there to “leave the area immediately":

— Arroyo Hondo Canyon and Refugio Canyon.

— Area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo.

It issued an Evacuation Warning for the area east of El Capitan Beach State Park, west of Dos Pueblos Canyon Road, and south of West Camino Cielo, advising people in the area to “be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.”

 An interactive evacuation map is available for the #AlisalFire at People can enter their address at the top right field to determine if their area is under an Evacuation Order.

The Santa Barbara County emergency website to check on fire updates is

Additional hourly updates are being provided by the Santa Barbara Independent at:

Fire updates can also be found at .

According to the wildfire Incident Information System website early Tuesday morning:

An Evacuation Center is established at the Dos Pueblos High School upper parking lot at 7266 Alameda Ave, Goleta. Evacuees can go to this location to get information from personnel on site.

“Strong northwest winds pushed the fire south over the summit toward the Tajiguas Landfill and crossed Highway 101 to Tajiguas Beach. Winds are 30-35 mph with gusts up to 70 mph. The fire is approximately 2,000 acres with zero percent containment. The fire is burning in dense chaparral and is being pushed by strong winds and growing at a rapid rate of speed. Smoke is visible throughout southern Santa Barbara County, including the Santa Ynez Valley and along the Gaviota coastline.

"Much of Santa Barbara County is under a high wind warning until Tuesday morning with strong winds throughout the area.There are approximately 125 personnel on the fire.The U.S. Forest Service is the lead agency responding to the fire with assistance from Santa Barbara County Fire. Firefighters are set up to protect structures as aircrafts continue to be unable to take off due to the wind.”  

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