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Alisal Wildfire in Santa Barbara County grows to 6000+ acres

Firefighters near Refugio State Beach trying to protect structures from the Alisal wildfire

No word of any homes lost, but key section of Highway 101 remains closed.

A brush fire that's closed a section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara has now grown to more than 6,000 acres.

The Alisal Fire started Monday afternoon in the Santa Ynez Mountains. High wind blew it down to the coast Monday afternoon, leading to the closure of Highway 101 from just west of Goleta to Highway 1.

Andrew Madsen, with the U.S. Forest Service, says the good news is that so far there is no word of any homes being lost. About 100 structures are threatened.

The wind eased enough that some aircraft were able to start fighting the fire from the air Tuesday morning. But, the blaze has 0% containment.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.