Alisal Fire near Santa Barbara | Evacuation updates and maps
Additional evacuation warnings have been announced.
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Click on here for Thursday’s update on the Alisal fire.
The changing winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling a blaze in the Southern California coastal mountains that threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway closed for days.
The Alisal’s fire covers over 24 square miles in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara. Containment remains at only 5%.
Protected properties include Rancho del Cielo, which was once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan and was known as the Western White House during his presidency.
An official said US 101 may remain closed until the weekend.
The the fire is located near the Refugio canyon along the coast of Gaviota, along the coast in Santa Barbara County since it erupted on Monday October 11.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help eliminate the Alisal fire, according to a press release.
The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) will allow those fighting the fire, including local, state and tribal agencies, to claim a reimbursement of 75% of eligible fire extinguishing costs.
More winds this week could force a utility to cut power again to thousands of customers in northern and central California.
A video update from the US Forest Service is available below.
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- Acres burned: 15,442
- Containment: 5%
- Structures threatened: 100-120
- 811 people
Road evacuations and closures
Click on HERE for deep evacuation orders and warnings in Santa Barbara County.
Highway 101 is closed at Las Cruces and Winchester Canyon / Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta. The Pacific Railroad and Amtrak lines are closed from Gaviota to Goleta. For information on the current highway / route, visit routes.dot.ca.gov.
Accounts to follow
A evacuation map from the Santa Barbara Emergency Management Office is available below.
Forest fire map
Click on here for a map of the Alisal fire.
Forest fire preparations
If you live in an area prone to forest fires, Cal Fire suggests create a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris is completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
Read more: What you need to know to prepare for and stay safe against forest fires
The Ministry of Homeland Security suggests assemble an emergency kit containing important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and knowing your community’s evacuation plans as well as possible to prepare yourself and your family for a forest fire.
Some counties use Nixle Alerts to notify residents of severe weather, wildfires, and other news. Register, visit www.nixle.com or text your postal code to 888777 to start receiving alerts.
Read more: Are you ready for the wildfires? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.
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