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Firefighters getting upper hand on Santa Barbara County's Alisal Fire, with containment up to 41%

Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason
An air tanker makes a drop on the Alisal Fire Thursday.

Fire only grows by about a hundred acres from Thursday into Friday.

Firefighters are making huge progress in the battle against Santa Barbara County’s Alisal wildfire.

The brush fire only grew by about a hundred acres Thursday night into Friday. It currently stands at around 16,900 acres burned.

But, even more importantly, containment is up to 41%. Air tankers and helicopters, along with more than 1700 firefighters are battling the blaze.

While Santa Ana winds are creating elevated brush fire concerns for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, they won’t impact Santa Barbara County.

Wind in the fire zone is only expected to be in the 15 mile an hour range.

Three homes have been confirmed destroyed, including an abandoned house and a mobile home.

The section of Highway 101 closed by the fire reopened Thursday night, following a three day shutdown. The north-south rail line on the coast which was also shut down by the fire also reopened Thursday night.

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.