Strong winds are fueling the fast-moving Alisal Fire, which is burning near Santa Barbara.

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Strong winds are fueling the fast-moving Alisal Fire, which is burning near Santa Barbara.

The fast-moving fire is being fueled by chaparral shrublands and strong gusts.

Large fires ravaged Northern California woodlands for much of the summer of 2021. Those flames were mainly doused or burned out by the middle of October, but red-flag warnings and strong fires had begun to pose difficulties in Southern California’s chaparral shrublands and grasslands.

The Alisal fire northwest of Santa Barbara was photographed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on October 13, 2021. Strong northerly winds blew smoke plumes across the Pacific Ocean.

The fast-moving conflagration that started near the Alisal reservoir on October 11 had scorched 13,400 acres (54 square kilometers) by the afternoon of October 13. The fire was just 5% contained at the time. Authorities have issued evacuation orders and stopped parts of Highway 101 due to the flames, which is threatening at least 100 structures.

Joshua Stevens created this NASA Earth Observatory image using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview.

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