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Firefighters battling the Alisal fire brought containment to 97% Tuesday, completely securing the eastern edge and leaving only a small section of the perimeter left to close at the northwest corner, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Humidity and drizzle on Monday helped more than 900 firefighters increase containment of the Alisal fire to 93% as weather continues to aid ef…
Cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped firefighters increase containment of the Alisal fire to 80% Sunday as the blaze was held at 17,…
The Alisal fire on Friday increased to 16,901 acres and is 41% contained after crews overnight made significant progress, although the blaze has destroyed three residences and threatens hundreds more buildings, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials.
A section of Highway 101 that closed on Monday due to the Alisal fire, but has since reopened on Thursday, forced motorists to take alternate routes, increasing congested traffic along Highway 154 and prompting California Highway Patrol officials to issue safety warnings to drivers on Thursday.
Officials on Thursday have reopened a railroad track that closed several days ago due to the Alisal fire, which grew to 16,801 acres and prompted a new evacuation order for Gaviota area of the coast, while crews work to prevent the blaze from crossing the still-closed Highway 101 at Gaviota.
Tammy Thompson, treasurer for the equine evacuation team, said the Earl Warren Showgrounds was hosting 137 evacuated horses, sheep, goats and donkeys by Wednesday, with some coming and going as owners found new locations to house them.
The Alisal fire grew to 15,442 acres Wednesday with 5% containment, as air tanker operations resumed and the number of personnel fighting the blaze doubled overnight from 600 to 1,200, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
A Lompoc man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder charges Tuesday after an alleged victim sustained a "serious" laceration to the upper torso during a domestic altercation at a residence in Vandenberg Village, according to a Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman.
Federal officials are expected to resume command of firefighting resources on Wednesday after the Alisal fire grew to more than 6,000 acres on Tuesday and with 0% containment, as gusty winds have impeded efforts to drop retardant from the air, according to a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.