Evacuation Orders Expand in Alisal Fire

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Update by edhat staff
3:45 p.m., October 12, 2021

UPDATED EVACUATIONS

A new Evacuation Warning has been issued for the area east of Calle Mariposa Reina, west of Arroyo Hondo, and south of W Camino Cielo.  Highway 101 remains closed between Highway 1 and Winchester Canyon Road/Cathedral Oaks in both directions. 

As of Tuesday, October 12, the fire has grown to approximately 8,000 acres with 0 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.The US Forest Service is the lead agency responding to the fire with assistance from Santa Barbara County Fire. More than 200 firefighters are on-site. Air support units were called in to respond to the fire on Monday but were grounded due to severe winds. Helicopters joined the fire fight Tuesday morning, but fixed wing aircraft remained grounded.

Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD

Highway 101 is closed from Highway 1 at Las Cruces and Winchester Canyon/Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta. Evacuation orders are in effect for residents in the Refugio Canyon, including Arroyo Hondo, Tajiguas and Arroyo Quemada. The evacuation order has expanded to include El Capitan State Park and the El Capitan Campground. An evacuation warning was put in place for the area north of El Capitan Campground and east to Dos Pueblos Canyon. A temporary evacuation center was set up at the parking lot of Dos Pueblos High School at 7266 Alameda Avenue in Goleta. As many as 100 structures, including ranches and homes, are threatened. More information at: https://readysbc.org/2021/10/11/evacuation-warning-alisal-fire-oct-11/.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services has been activated to assist with animal evacuations. Livestock can be taken to the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Animal owners should call 805-681-4332 if assistance is needed to evacuate animals.

Evacuations:

  • Evacuation Order for Arroyo Hondo Canyon, Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo.  Please leave the area immediately.
  • Evacuation Warning for the area east of El Capitan Beach State Park, west of Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd, and south of West Camino Cielo.
  • Evacuation Warning issued at 3:15PM on 10/12/2021 for the area east of Calle Mariposa Reina, west of Arroyo Hondo, and south of W Camino Cielo  Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Click here to access the Interactive Evacuation Map.

For animal evacuation assistance, call 805-681-4332.

A Temporary Evacuation Point has been established at the Dos Pueblos High School upper parking lot at 7266 Alameda Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  Evacuees can go to this location to get information from personnel on site.

Traffic Closures

  • Highway 101 is closed between Highway 1 and Winchester Canyon Road/Cathedral Oaks in both directions.
  • Highway 154 is currently open

Acre Size:

Estimated 8,000 acres and growing

Containment:

0%

Structures Threatened:

Approximately 100-120

Planned Actions:

More than 200 firefighters are on-site. Air support units were called in to respond to the fire on Monday but were grounded due to severe winds. Helicopters joined the fire fight Tuesday morning, but fixed wing aircraft remained grounded.


Having jumped the four lanes of Highway 101, flames continue to burn early Tuesday morning along the Gaviota Coast. (Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)


Update by edhat staff
5:30 p.m., October 11, 2021

Alisal Fire: Highway 101 will be closed between Hwy 1 and Winchester/Cathedral Oaks in both directions.  Fire is approaching the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol Incident Page is reporting motorists are leaving their cars and walking to the beach as well as motorists bypassing the highway closure and driving in the wrong direction to get out of the area.


Alisal Fire (Photo by AD)

 


Update by Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
5:00 p.m., October 11, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has issued an Evacuation Order for the area of Arroyo Hondo Canyon and Refugio Canyon west of Goleta due to a wildfire.  This area includes Refugio State Beach. Please leave the area immediately.  Click here to access the Interactive Evacuation Map.

  • For animal evacuation assistance, call 805-681-4332.
  • A Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) will be established at the Dos Pueblos High School upper parking lot at 7266 Alameda Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  Evacuees can go to this location to get information from personnel on site.


By Scanner Andrew
2:30 p.m., October 11, 2021

Firefighters are making access to a vegetation fire that has started somewhere off of Refugio Road, south of Alisal Lake.

Live at #AlisalFire https://t.co/gwbVAZDOYH

— SB Scanner (@SBIncidents) October 11, 2021

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