Where is the fire in Southern Santa Barbara County? Alisal fire map
On Monday, October 11, 2021, around 2 p.m., a FIRE broke out in Southern Santa Barbara County.
Thousands of acres have been destroyed along the Gaviota Coast and in the Santa Ynez Mountains by the Alisal Fire.
The Alisal Fire began burning in the Los Padres National Forest on Monday, October 11, 2021, in the mountains between the Santa Ynez Valley and the Gaviota Coast.
Atop the hillside, smoke and flames could be seen.
The fire was originally detected near Alisal Lake, and it crossed Highway 101 to Tajiguas Beach within three hours, according to Los Padres officials.
According to Noozhawk, the fire was started by “wind-whipped vegetation.”
Winds were blowing 20 to 30 mph from the northwest, with gusts up to 60 mph.
“Winds up there certainly are the biggest concern,” said Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest. “They might halt the tankers and spread that fire.”
“Refugio Canyon, which has a lot of vegetation in the upper reaches that hasn’t burnt in decades, along with a number of structures,” says Captain Nikki Stevens of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Arroyo Hondo Canyon, Refugio Canyon, Refugio State Beach, El Capitán State Beach, and El Capitan Canyon campground have all been ordered to evacuate because an estimated 3,900 acres have been destroyed.
Highway 101 has been closed between Las Cruces and Goleta, between Highway 1 and Winchester Canyon/Cathedral Oaks Road.
Shelter and other assistance are provided at a temporary evacuation center at Dos Pueblos High School, 7266 Alameda Avenue.
Santa Barbara County Animal Services advises calling 805-681-4332 for assistance with animal evacuations, and livestock can be moved to the Earl Warren Showgrounds.
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