Alisal Fire 53 Percent Contained, 101 Reopened

Saturday October 16, 2021





(Photos by Mike Eliason SBCFD)

      Updated--The Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County is now 53 percent contained at 17,253 acres with full containment expected until October 25th.

     They were able to reopen the 101 in that area Thursday afternoon.

     The U-S Forest Service has taken the lead role now in battling the fire with the help of several other agencies at the local and state levels, including firefighters from Ventura County.

     Crews were working to halt the fire's spread to the northeast while on the western edge they were trying to keep the flames from crossing Highway 101 at Gaviota.

     Thursday evening they achieved a major priority with the reopening of Highway 101 in both directions.

     It had been closed since Monday between Goleta and Gaviota.

     This has been a wind-driven fire with variable winds frustrating firefighters.

     The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management – the office managing evacuations — issued a new Evacuation Order and Evacuation Warning on Oct. 13 at 11:45 p.m.

  • Evacuation Order: For the area west of Arroyo Hondo to the intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 1, including Vista Del Mar School and Gaviota Beach.
  • Evacuation Warning: Additional evacuation warning for all properties within the Hollister Ranch area.  

     Here is a rundown of the latest information released from the authorities about the fire...

      A Temporary Evacuation Point will be established at the Dos Pueblos High School upper parking lot at 7266 Alameda Ave, Goleta.  Evacuees can go to this location to get information from personnel on-site. #ReadySBC


      County Animal Services has been activated for #AlisalFire. Call 805-681-4332 for animal evacuation assistance.
     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. All persons in the area must leave the area immediately. More information: http://ReadySBC.org