FIRE: Alisal Fire Burns To The Ocean, Then Spreads East

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14 miles west of Goleta, California

7: 22 a.m. PDT Oct. 12, 2021

Alisal Fire map, 3-D, looking east. Morning of Oct. 12, 2021. Perimeter by incident control team.

It took about three hours Monday afternoon for the Alisal Fire to run three miles downhill to Highway 101 at the Southern California coast, 25 miles west-northwest of Santa Barbara. It soon jumped the four-lane freeway, and it approached the Pacific Ocean beach. This threatened the Union Pacific railroad and the homes along the coast.

Since the fire started at 2: 30 p.m. Monday about two miles south of the Alisal Reservoir, it has been pushed by a strong wind out of the northwest. The fire reached the coast where it ran east-west. It then spread slowly eastward.

The forecast for Tuesday morning is for wind out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30, increasing in the afternoon to 15 to 20 gusting to 35. The relative humidity will be 16 to 22 percent and the high temperature will be around 70. These conditions may allow the fire’s spread to the east. However, it is likely to move into the footprint of the 2016 Sherpa Fire, and beyond that, the 2017 Whittier Fire. These six-year-old burns have likely enough fuel to allow for additional spread. With the help of helicopters and air tankers, firefighters may be able to stop it from these areas if the wind wasn’t strong. On Monday, however, the fire behavior was extreme with wind-driven runs as well as long-range spotting. Access is also difficult.

Late Monday evening fire officials said it had burned 3,900 acres, but additional movement during the night probably doubled the size.

One of the objectives of the incident management team suppressing the fire is to “keep it north of the Pacific Ocean.” It is likely they will accomplish that goal.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. View all posts by Bill Gabbert

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