Alisal Fire containment up to 93% as acreage remains at 17,254
The Alisal Fire is now 93% contained and has burned 17,254 acres, according to Santa Barbara County Fire.
The evacuation order for the area west of Arroyo Hondo to the intersection of Highway 101, the Arroyo Hondo Canyon and Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo has been cancelled.
Highway 101 has been fully reopened in both directions. Gaviota, Refugio, and El Capitan State beaches and campgrounds will remain closed until October 24.
The Los Padres National Forest has also issued a closure of the Santa Barbara Ranger District in the area surrounding the fire.
According to fire officials, 439 structures are threatened, and three residences and two other buildings have been destroyed.
The Alisal Fire started on October 11 at 2:10p.m. near the Alisal Reservoir. Strong winds pushed the fire south towards the Tajiguas Landfill and across Highway 101 to Tajiguas Beach.
Fire activity continued predominantly because of critically low moisture in the air and high winds.
Cooler weather and more favorable winds then allowed fire personnel to increase containment and allowed aircraft to assist in fighting the fire.