Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County Explodes to 13,400 Acres

A wildfire burning west of the City of Santa Barbara nearly doubled in size Tuesday night. The Alisal Fire has now burned more than 13,400 acres, forcing thousands of evacuations and closing a portion of Highway 101.

The fire was first reported around 2:30 p.m. Monday in the mountains between the Gaviota Coast and the Santa Ynez Valley. It is believed to have started just above Alisal Reservoir. As of Tuesday night it was 5% contained.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says most of the homes currently threatened are in Refugio Canyon. In addition to Refugio Canyon, evacuations are in order for residents of Arroyo Hondo, Tajiguas, Arroyo Quemada, El Capitan State Park and the El Capitan Campground.

Displaced residents are being housed at an evacuation center at Dos Pueblos High School. They can contact the American Red Cross at (833) 583-3111. Residents who need help evacuating animals should call (805) 681-4332. Earl Warren Showgrounds is taking in large animals. Small animals can go to County Animal Services at 5473 Overpass Road in Goleta.

Visit Ready Santa Barbara County for more information.