The Alisal fire, near Santa Barbara in California, threatens many structures and requires the intervention of nearly 600 firefighters.
The Alisal fire continues to engulf southern California, leading to evacuations and mobilizing hundreds of firefighters. The blaze began in the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 11 near the Alisal Reservoir and now covers around 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares), according to fire officials. The flames threaten at least 100 structures, authorities said.
“The fire is driven by strong winds and is growing at a rapid rate,” said a report on InciWeb , a US forest fire clearinghouse , cited by CNN . The strong gusts prevented the deployment of the planes intended to fight against the flames .
The fire resulted in the closure of part of the 101 freeway , according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. At least 600 firefighters are battling the blaze.
The Alisal fire comes as California is hit by a devastating fire season , including 10 active major fires. The most important is the enormous Dixie Fire , which has consumed nearly a million hectares since its outbreak on July 13.