Fire burns thousands of acres near New Cuyama, evacuation orders lifted and Highway 166 reopens
UPDATE (4:42 p.m.) - All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for Aliso Canyon, Wasioja Canyon and the Cottonwood Canyon areas. According to fire officials, the Plant Fire is at 60% containment.
UPDATE (10 a.m.) - As of Sunday morning, Highway 166 is fully reopened.
According to CalFire, the Plant Fire has burned 5,464 acres and is 5% contained, as of Sunday morning.
Evacuation orders remain in place for people living between Aliso Canyon Rd and Wasioja Canyon. Fire officials say there is an evacuation warning in place for Cottonwood Canyon.
The Plant Fire broke out on the west side of New Cuyama at around 1:20 pm Saturday, causing evacuation orders and a stretch of Highway 166 to close.
Santa Barbara County fire officials said the blaze is at 0% containment and has burned about 5,500 acres, as of 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
According to Watch Duty, a wildfire alert service, about 50 homes are threatened in the Wasioja Canyon area. Evacuation orders were issued for people living south of Highway 166, from Aliso Canyon Rd to Cottonwood Rd.
The California Highway Patrol also shut down Highway 166 from Highway 101 to New Cuyama. CalTrans said there is no estimate for the re-opening.
Meanwhile, fire officials said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.