SOLVANG, Calif. — A major coastal highway remained closed Wednesday and evacuation orders were in place from a growing blaze driven by intense winds that raised the risk of wildfires in much of California. More than 200 firefighters battled the Alisal Fire, which covered 21 square miles (54 square kilometers)...
Santa Barbara Independent
The winds finally dropped below 20-mph gusts at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, allowing six helicopters, six air tankers, and the very large DC-10 to be called out to the Alisal Fire. A number of aircraft were out last night, too, flying in from Paso Robles and Santa Maria. Water and retardant drops from the air are the only ways to reach the deep ravines and rocky canyons of the Gaviota Coast, which features very few roads.
San Luis Obispo Tribune
The Alisal Fire had scorched a total 15,442 acres as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, with 5% containment, Matt Farris, a division chief with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said at a news conference. “Our operational objectives, our high priority, is to open up the Highway 101 corridor and the...
Late Friday night, I landed in Los Angeles and was greeted by my mom’s warm embrace before she drove me to the house for my first weekend home in months. A couple of days later, we were on the 101 Freeway again so she could return me to LAX for my flight back to New York. Unbeknownst to us, that same freeway was closed down 100 miles north because of a wildfire that had erupted Monday afternoon.
All day long, cars have been making their way down to Las Cruces southbound on Highway 101 and have been redirected to either Interstate 5 or to Highway 154.
The Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County, California, forced evacuations as it grew to 6,000 acres on October 12, 2021. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders.
When it comes to California’s fire season, there’s no rest for the weary. Soon after PG&E began restoring power to the 24,000 customers hit with shutoffs amid Monday and Tuesday’s gusty winds, the utility warned another 29,000 customers could face blackouts starting Thursday morning, when a second round of powerful winds is expected to pummel the state.
As the crow flies, the Alisal Fire is now within a half mile of the iconic Reagan Ranch in the mountains high above Refugio. The post UPDATE: Bulldozers and helicopters keeping Alisal Fire from iconic Reagan Ranch appeared first on NewsChannel 3-12.
A major highway in Southern California's coastal mountains remained closed Wednesday and evacuation orders were in place as a growing wildfire chewed through dry vegetation in the region. More than 760 firefighters battled the Alisal Fire, which covered more than 14,000 acres along the south Santa Barbara County coast. The...
According to Red Cross Central California "Nearly 20 people spent the night at an evacuation center at Dos Pueblos High School, including 14 whose southbound Amtrak train came to a halt because of the flames."
ABC7 Los Angeles
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The Alisal Fire near Santa Barbara quickly exploded in size overnight Monday, prompting evacuation orders and warnings. The fire began Monday afternoon near the Alisal Reservoir and now covers approximately 13,400 acres, fire officials said. It was 5% contained as of Tuesday evening, according to the county fire department.
Firefighters Wednesday were continuing to battle a growing brush fire which sparked west of Santa Barbara, threatened homes and shut down a portion of Highway 101. Kara Finnstrom reports.
San Francisco Chronicle
A man found near a car ablaze, and suffering burns, was detained in connection with a brush fire that erupted Monday in American Canyon, the Napa County Sheriff’s Department said. The 26-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody and to a local hospital for treatment, after...
Large smoke plumes from the Alisal Fire near Santa Barbara, California were filmed from an airplane on Oct. 11. At one point, about 100 structures were threatened by the fire. Credit: Laura McLendon via Storyful.
Gusty winds helped the Alisal Fire burning in Santa Barbara County grow to 6,000 acres overnight, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The fire was 0% contained as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, and at least 100 structures were threatened by the flames, agency public information officer Mike Eliason said via Twitter.
Evacuations were ordered and Highway 101 was closed in both directions Monday due to a wind-whipped vegetation fire that had charred thousands of acres along the Gaviota Coast and in the Santa Ynez Mountains. As of midnight, what has been dubbed the Alisal Fire had blackened an estimated 3,900 acres,...
The footage, filmed by Laura McLendon, shows wildfire smoke billowing across the hills towards the sea, with flames burning below. Official reports said the blaze was sparked at 2:30pm local time on Monday and quickly exploded to 2,000 acres in size. Evacuation orders and warnings are in effect for the...