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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.
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.
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.
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.
A fast-moving wildfire estimated to be at least 50 acres was reported Monday near Alisal Reservoir.
A driver sustained moderate injuries Monday after their vehicle collided with an oil tanker truck that overturned near the intersection of Old Dominion and Orcutt Garey roads, spilling a small amount of crude and igniting a vegetation fire, according to a Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman.
A vegetation fire that erupted and scorched nearly 70 acres north of Los Olivos last week was caused by an open propane flame during an unpermitted burn operation, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials.
A brush fire on Vandenberg Space Force Base is threatening a structure and has forced an evacuation after breaking out Friday near the intersection of Klein Boulevard and Santa Lucia Canyon Road.
A vegetation fire that erupted Monday along Highway 1, south of Lompoc, scorched 30 acres before it was snuffed out by Santa Barbara County firefighters hours later.
A vegetation fire erupted Monday afternoon and has grown to at least 15 acres along Highway 1, several miles south of Jalama Road near Lompoc.