Pictured:A Cal Fire engine company provides structure protection to a ranch off Highway 101 Guillermo Canyon, south of Gaviota State Beach. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, oct. 12, 2021. Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara County Fire. 

Most recent information will be at the top of the page. 

Thurs., Oct. 14 | 2:30 p.m. 

Santa Barbara County is reporting just 5% of the fire line contained and that the fire has grown to 16,801 acres. Over 1300 people are assigned to the fire. 

Evacuation orders and warnings in effect are: 

  • Evacuation Order UPDATE 10/13/2021 at 11:45PM: for the area west of Arroyo Hondo to intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 1, including Vista Del Mar School and Gaviota Beach. Evacuation order still in effect for Arroyo Hondo Canyon, Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo.  Please leave the area immediately.
  • Evacuation Warning: UPDATE 10/13/2021 at 11:45PM – Additional evacuation warning for all properties within Hollister Ranch area. Warning still in effect for the area east of El Capitan Beach State Park, west of Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd, and south of West Camino Cielo. Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.     

Highway 101 remains closed between Highway 1 and Winchester Canyon Road/Cathedral Oaks in both directions.


Tues. Oct. 12 | 10 p.m. 

Latest update put size of fire at 13,400 acres with 5% of the fire contained, which means that fire crews have stopped forward advancement on 5% of the fire line perimeter. 

At 6 p.m. Santa Barbara County Fire Department reported the acreage at 8,000 acres, then reporting an hour later it was at 13,400 acres. 

Evacuation order remains the same, as well as evacuation warnings. 

The National Weather Service has issues a small craft advisory and a wind advisory for the coastal area where the fire is burning. Temperatures are expected to warm over the next few days, with an expected “fire weather event” on Friday consisting of very low humidity and wind gusts of approximately 30-45 mph. 

In the area of the fire is ExxonMobil’s Santa Ynez Unit (SYU) oil and gas processing facility in Las Flores Canyon east of El Capitan beach. The fire is likely to be close to the facility. 

Google Maps image of the ExxonMobile Santa Ynez Unit oil and gas processing facility in Las Flores Canyon.

According to the ExxonMobil website the facility has been shuttered for several years. 

The facility is not currently producing oil and gas; however, all equipment remains in place in an operation-ready state, requiring ongoing inspections, maintenance and surveillance. As part of these preservation efforts, all SYU equipment was drained, flushed and purged in 2016. All hydrocarbon pipelines have been safely preserved and are currently being monitored.

 


Tuesday, Oct. 12 | 5 p.m. 

Santa Barbara County Fire is reporting that the Alisal Fire has burned 6,000 acres in the Gaviota area north of Goleta prompting evacuations and a closure of the 101 freeway. 

A new evacuation warning has just been issued:

  • ADDITIONAL Evacuation Warning Issued at 3:15PM on 10/12/2021 for the area east of Calle Mariposa Reina, west of Arroyo Hondo, and south of W Camino Cielo  Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

EVACUATION MAP | Red are mandatory evacuation orders, orange are warning areas where residents should are ready to leave quickly. Shaded area is the fire perimeter. Purple line is the closed section of Highway 101. Source: Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. 5:30 p.m., Oct. 12, 2021. https://readysbc.org/alisal-fire/

The fire broke out on Monday, Oct. 11, just after 2:30 p.m.with high winds in the area. 

  • Evacuation Order for Arroyo Hondo Canyon, Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo.  Please leave the area immediately.
  • Evacuation Warning for the area east of El Capitan Beach State Park, west of Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd, and south of West Camino Cielo.
  • ADDITIONAL Evacuation Warning Issued at 3:15PM on 10/12/2021 for the area east of Calle Mariposa Reina, west of Arroyo Hondo, and south of W Camino Cielo  Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

An Evacuation Center is established at the Dos Pueblos High School upper parking lot at 7266 Alameda Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  Evacuees can go to this location to get information from personnel on site.

Animal Evacuations: Earl Warren Showgrounds has been established as an evacuation center for large animals. County Animal Services (5473 Overpass Road, Goleta) is accepting small animals. For animal evacuation assistance, call 805-681-4332.

Road Closures: Highway 101 is closed between Highway 1 and Winchester Canyon Road/Cathedral Oaks in both directions. Highway 154 remains open. The railway parallel to Highway 101 is also closed and impacting Amtrak train travel in both directions.

As of Monday afternoon as many 100 structures were threatened. Santa Barbara County Fire has requested assistance through the Federal Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) program.

Local incident information is online at: https://readysbc.org/alisal-fire/