SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Click here for Thursday's update on the Alisal Fire.
Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling a blaze in Southern California coastal mountains that threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down for days.
The Alisal Fire is covering more than 24 square miles in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara. Containment remains at just 5%.
The properties being protected include Rancho del Cielo, which was once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan and was known as the Western White House during his presidency.
An official says U.S. 101 could remain shut until the weekend.
The fire is located near Refugio Canyon along the Gaviota Coast, along the coast in Santa Barbara County since it broke out on Monday, Oct. 11.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will go towards helping suppress the Alisal Fire, according to a news release.
The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) will allow those fighting the fire including local, state and tribal agencies, to apply for 75% reimbursement of eligible fire suppression costs.
More winds this week could force a utility to again cut power to thousands of customers in northern and central California.
A video update from the U.S. Forest Service is available below.
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- Acres burned: 15,442
- Containment: 5%
- Structures threatened: 100-120
- 811 personnel
Evacuations and Road Closures
Click HERE for in-depth evacuation orders and warnings in Santa Barbara County.
Highway 101 is closed at Las Cruces and Winchester Canyon/Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta. Pacific Railroad and Amtrak lines are closed from Gaviota to Goleta. For current state highway/route information visit roads.dot.ca.gov.
Accounts to follow
A map of evacuations from the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management is available below.
Click here for a map of the Alisal Fire.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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