Fire fighting to continue with direct attacks and protection of the structure


Photo of the Alisal fire by Mike Eliason, SBC Fire.

By Raiza Giorgi

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The plan is to maintain air assault and structural protection efforts for Thursday’s firefighting against #AlisalFire, which now spans 16,801 acres and 5% containment, fire officials say. .

The expected incident activity over the next 12 hours is a significant growth potential that currently exists due to the forecast northwesterly winds over the fire area pushing the fire east and east. west of Refugio Canyon and west of Gato Canyon.

Evacuation orders expanded overnight to include areas west of Arroyo Hondo up to the Hwy 101 / Hwy 1 interchange to Vista Del Mar School and down to the beach by Gaviota. There is also an evacuation warning for Hollister Ranch, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo by Mike Eliason, SBC Fire

Andrew Madsen, public information officer for the Los Padres Forest Service, said the Type 1 command would take over on Thursday and that he was highly qualified for these types of wildfires and that it would be beneficial to take the lead. above on the fire.

“Fire in Santa Barbara County is tricky, especially in the mountains where the terrain is steep. The Type 1 command will focus on logistics, procurement and containment strengthening strategies, ”Madsen added.

The fire is burning in a dense chaparral that has not burned since the 1955 Refugio fire and is driven by strong winds and is growing at a rapid rate. The smoke is visible throughout southern Santa Barbara County, including the Santa Ynez Valley and along the Gaviota coast.

Air support units were called in to respond to the blaze on Monday, but were grounded due to high winds, but were able to fly much from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday, pounding the summit of the ridge with phos-chek. Helicopters joined the fighting on Tuesday morning, particularly to keep the flames away from the Reagan ranch and surrounding properties, Madsen said.

Photo of a DC-10 dropping phos-chek over the ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Photo by Mike Eliason, SBC Fire

He said a firefighter was injured in the incident with a wrist problem and reported himself to Cottage Hospital for treatment.

Highway 101 is closed from Highway 1 at Las Cruces and Winchester Canyon / Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta.

A temporary evacuation center has been set up in the parking lot of the Dos Pueblos high school at 7266 Alameda avenue in Goleta. No less than 100 structures, including ranches and houses, are threatened. More information on:

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have improved alert air quality monitoring for Santa Barbara County, including Channel Islands. Smoke and ash from the Alisal fire are affecting air quality, and forecast winds are expected to push more smoke toward shore. This is a dynamic situation, and local air quality conditions can change quickly.

At the October 12, 2021 board meeting, Santa Barbara County declared a local emergency due to the Alisal fire.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services have been activated to assist with the evacuation of animals. Cattle can be taken to the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Pet owners should call 805-681-4332 if assistance is needed to evacuate animals.

Photo of the Alisal fire by Mike Eliason, SBC Fire.


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