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Alisal Wildfire in Santa Barbara County nearing full containment, but approaching storm creates new concerns

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The Alisal Fire jumped Highway 101, and burned to the ocean on some parts of the Gaviota coastline.

Team of engineers, scientists, geologists looking at flash flooding, debris flow potential.

Containment is now at 97% for Santa Barbara County’s Alisal Fire, but public safety officials are now looking at another concern.

What could be the first big storm of the system is expected to arrive on the Central and South Coasts Sunday. At this point, meteorologists say it could drop two inches of rain on the Central Coast, and an inch on the South Coast.

While there are only scattered homes in the burn area, there’s still concern about the potential for mudslides, and debris flows. A team of engineers, scientists, and geologists has been evaluating the burn zone to try to determine potential at-risk spots.

12 homes were destroyed by the 17,0000 acre plus fire. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.