The Alisal Fire response includes air and ground firefighting personnel.
The Alisal Fire response includes air and ground firefighting personnel.  (Ray Ford / Noozhawk photo)

This story was last updated at 8:15 a.m. Friday.

The Alisal Fire started burning Monday afternoon in Los Padres National Forest in the mountains between the Santa Ynez Valley and the Gaviota Coast.

It was first reported near Alisal Lake and then burned over the summit toward the Tajiguas Landfill and crossed Highway 101 to Tajiguas Beach within three hours of starting, according to Los Padres officials. 

It has burned more than 16,800 acres and a federal incident management team took over the response on Wednesday evening. 

Check back with Noozhawk for updates on the fire and the firefighting response.


The Sheriff’s Department expanded evacuation orders and warning areas Thursday as the fire burned west.

Evacuation orders are in effect for the area west of Arroyo Hondo to the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 1, including Gaviota State Park. 

Warnings have been issued for the Hollister Ranch properties, west of the blaze, and communities east of the blaze, in the Naples area, according to the most recent evacuation map. 

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management map shows the evacuation area for the Alisal Fire

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management map shows the Alisal Fire burn area, filled in red, and evacuation order and warning areas. Updates are posted at (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management photo)

An interactive map is available here

The Office of Emergency Management said evacuees can go to the evacuation center at Dos Pueblos High School at 7266 Alameda Ave., for more information and temporary shelter and resources.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services said residents can call 805.681.4332 for evacuation assistance with large animals. Livestock can be evacuated to the Earl Warren Showgrounds at 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara. There were 70 horses sheltering at Earl Warren stables on Tuesday

County Animal Services at 5473 Overpass Road in Goleta is accepting small animals. People have mostly dropped off chickens. 

OEM has more incident information available at

Road Closures

Highway 101 and the railroad tracks were reopened Thursday after a three-day closure due to the fire.

During the closure, drivers had to take the congested detour on Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass and through the Santa Ynez Valley for a north-south route through Santa Barbara County. 

Check current highway conditions from Caltrans here.

Amtrak changed some routes and schedules due to service impacts from the Alisal Fire, with no service north of Goleta during the track closure. 

Check schedules and routes for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner here. 

Air Quality

Check real-time air quality from  the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District at and the EPA Fire & Smoke map at

APCD and Public Health officials issued an Air Quality Watch Tuesday for smoke and ash from the Alisal Fire and upgraded it to an Air Quality Alert on Wednesday evening.

Click here for more information about checking air quality during wildfires and creating a clean air room in your home.

Direct Relief has free N-95 masks available to local residents affected by the wildfire smoke at its warehouse in Goleta, 6100 Wallace Becknell Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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