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UPDATE: All evacuation orders lifted in Alisal Fire area

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Posted at 8:48 AM, Oct 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 09:24:09-04

UPDATE: The Alisal Fire is now 80% contained with and has burned 17,254 acres.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services announced Sunday that the remaining evacuation orders for the Alisal Fire have been canceled.

Residents in the area west of Arroyo Hondo to the intersection of Hwy 101 & Hwy 1, the Arroyo Hondo Canyon and Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo may return home.

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Santa Barbara County Fire officials and many other fire crews made significant progress on the Alisal Fire.

The fire broke out on Monday, Oct. 11 at around 2 p.m. near Refugio State Beach.

As of Sunday morning, fire officials report the fire is 78% contained and burned 17,253 acres.

There are 1,655 fire personnel working to contain the blaze. Fire officials say the hard work of these personnel and favorable weather conditions helped with the jump in containment.

All evacuation warnings near the fire are canceled.

Evacuation orders for residences in the area west of Arroyo Hondo to the intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 1. With the exception of the residences along Arroyo Quemada Ln.

An evacuation center at the Dos Pueblos High School has been put on standby. Those who may need assistance can contact the American Red Cross at 833-583-3111.

According to fire officials, Gaviota, Refugio, and El Capitan State Beaches/Campgrounds will remain closed until October 24 while firefighting personnel utilizes them for staging, housing, and access.

To stay up to date on current evacuation orders and warnings, visit this website.