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Firefighters continue to make progress in battle against Alisal Fire

Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason
A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop on the west side of the Alisal Wildfire Friday.

Containment jumps from 11% to 41%.

Firefighters are continuing to make progress in the fight against Santa Barbara County’s Alisal wildfire.

The fire has shown very little growth from Thursday to Friday. It stands at just over 16,900 acres burned, with containment up to 41%.

A drop in wind in on the Gaviota coastline has allowed firefighters co continue to hit the fire hard with air tankers, and helicopters Friday.

There is still some potential for the fire to spread west, towards Gaviota.

Three homes have been destroyed, including one abandoned house, and a mobile home, but firefighters have been able to protect hundreds of other structures.

On Friday night, the evacuation order for homes on Arroyo Quemada Lane , and the evacuation warnings for the areas east of El Capitan Beach State Park, west of Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd, and south of West Camino Cielo were cancelled.

But, there are new brush fire concerns in another part of the region. Santa Ana winds are creating an elevated brush fire threat for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Friday and Saturday. The Santa Anas aren’t expected to impact the fire zone in Santa Barbara County.

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.