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Alisal Fire

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1980 Old Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93464

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Los Padrers National Forest Supervisor's Office
Phone: 805-448-6487

Alisal Fire Update for Saturday, October 16, 2021

Alisal Fire Wildfire
News – 10/16/2021

Forest Service News Release 

Alisal Fire Update for Saturday, October 16, 2021 

17,200 Acres 

50% Containment 

 1,747 Total Personnel 


Fire crews continued making steady progress ensuring the public’s safety. Crews contained isolated fire activity near Camino Cielo caused by higher temperatures and reduced humidity. Along the northern edge of the fire, helicopters dowsed heat with water using super scoopers. Crews mopped up and cold-trailed areas to the east near the old Sherpa Fire burn scar where much of the fire is going out on its own. Along California 101 — which reopened Oct. 14 — firefighters fortified containment and continued mop-up efforts. Motorists along Hwy 101 can expect to see firefighting equipment and vehicles and are encouraged to drive cautiously as crews continue work here. Helicopters attacked the fire into the night to the east near Gaviota. 


Today’s main priority is to contain patches of heat remaining along the northern edge of the fire. Crews will also continue focus on maintaining the rest of the fire’s footprint and ensure the fire holds where it has been contained. Crews will continue to use aviation assets as conditions allow.  


Warm and dry conditions will continue through Saturday. On Sunday, a pattern change will occur as a dry cold front approaches the area. Expect cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity on Sunday. The dry cold front will pass over the incident Sunday night and Monday morning, bringing even cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. However, the passage of the cold front will bring some strong northwest to north winds to the area on Monday with forecasted gusts up to 25-35 mph. 


The Evacuation Order for the residences along Arroyo Quemada Ln., and the Evacuation Warning for the area east of El Capitan Beach State Park, west of Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd., and south of West Camino Cielo has been canceled. Take caution when returning home as emergency personnel remain in the area. Stay alert to changing conditions. The Evacuation Center at Dos Pueblos High School has been put on a warm/standby status.  Evacuees needing assistance can contact the American Red Cross at 833-583-3111. 


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