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Alisal Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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

Alisal Fire Update for Thursday, October 21, 2021

Alisal Fire Wildfire
News – 10/21/2021


Crews continued focus at Droppoint 40 on the fire’s northwest corner where ridge tops continued to hold heat in the oak woodland understory. To the south, firefighters completely secured the fire along California Highway 101 and the old Gaviota burn to the west. Firefighters also completely secured the fire’s east edge along the old Sherp Fire burn.


Crews expect minimal fire activity, but are monitoring isolated pockets where holdover heat might linger. Firefighters are ready if called upon to to conduct suppression efforts to maintain the fire’s current footprint. Fire suppression efforts have transitioned to suppression repair. Fire suppression repair are those actions taken to mitigate damages caused by suppression to minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.


Cooler weather and moister conditions are forecasted through the weekend. Expect rain to develop by Sunday and into Monday, which could potentially cause mud and debris flows on roads within the fire perimeter. 


Los Padres National Forest issued a closure of the Santa Barbara Ranger District in the area surrounding the fire. The closure expires Nov. 16, 2021. A map highlighting the closed area is at

Post-Fire Assessment

The U.S. Forest Service’s Burned Area Emergency Responses (BAER) Team and CAL FIRE's Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) will examine burn areas, identify areas of risk and recommended mitigation measures. BAER members will evaluate soil burn severity, and with those scientific results, WERT scientists will identify hazards and make recommendations to mitigate and prepare for any future flooding, post-fire debris flows and landslides. 


Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s Type 3 team, in coordination with the Los Padres National Forest, initially assumed management of the Alisal Fire Oct. 11, 2021. That team transitioned into unified command with California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (CIIMT1) Oct. 13. CIIMT1 — a federal Type 1 team — changed command back to the Type 3 team. As of Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., the Type 3 team has unified command of the Alisal Fire with the Los Padres National Forest.


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