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Containment now up to 93% on Santa Barbara County's Alisal Wildfire

U.S. Forest Service Map
U.S. Forest Service map of Alisal Fire as of 10/19.

Number of firefighters involved continues to be downsized.

Firefighters continue to close in on full containment of the Alisal brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

It's burned just over 17,250 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Mountains and along the Gaviota Coast. Firefighters have been able to keep the fire from growing in size for the last few days.

The blaze is at 93% containment as of Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters are still working on putting in fire lines on some rugged mountain areas on the northwestern side of the fire.

With the fire in the mop-up phase, the fire command staff is continuing to release crews. Just under a thousand people are still involved in the firefighting effort, down from a peak of more than 1,700. The fire started October 11 near Alisal Reservoir. The cause is still under investigation.

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.