#Alisal Fire

The Alisal Fire is rapidly growing near Santa Barbara

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)...
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Santa Barbara Independent

Aircraft Up in Alisal Fire Fight

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.
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San Luis Obispo Tribune

Update: Alisal Fire passes 15,000 acres in Santa Barbara County

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...
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Erin NeilThe California Alisal Fire makes me ask whether I should have kids

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.

Get ready for more wind, fires, blackouts

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.
ABC7 Los Angeles

13,400-acre Alisal Fire prompts evacuations in Santa Barbara County, partial closure of 101 Freeway

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.
The Independent

Plane passenger captures smoke billowing from Alisal fire in California

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...