5 a-m Update Thursday Oct 14th 2021
The 101 Freeway is closed and evacuations are in place as a fast-moving wildfire in the mountains of Santa Barbara County has scorched more than 15-thousand acres. It is 5% contained.
The Alisal Fire started Monday October 11th 2021 and is growing by the hour as strong winds feed the flames.
Winds have died down, allowing firefighters to drop fire retardant from the airplanes.
It’s burning in the rural, northern part of the county, where the steep mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.
Evacuations are underway for the entire Refugio Canyon area and the El Capitan State Park and Campground.
Fifteen-hundred firefighters are battling the flames from the ground and the air.
In this early Tuesday morning Oct. 12, 2021, photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire, wildfire activity next to the U.S. 101 freeway early Tuesday morning in Santa Barbara County, Calif. On the south Santa Barbara County coast, the Alisal Fire had scorched more than 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) by early Tuesday and remained completely uncontained. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire via AP) October 12th 2021