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Sherpa Fire Flareup Results In New Closure Of Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County

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(Photo by Mike Eliason-Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
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Fire flareup near El Capitan State Beach about 8:30 Thursday

A flareup of the Sherpa brush fire has closed Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County, between Goleta and Buellton.

The closure happened during the 8 p.m. hour, with some vehicles getting stuck on the freeway, and being forced to turn around.

Just like the Thursday morning closure, northbound traffic coming into Santa Barbara is being routed onto Highway 154, through the Santa Ynez Valley, where travelers can rejoin 101 just past Los Olivos.

Southbound traffic out of the Central Coast is being diverted in Buellton and onto Highway 154.

The fire, which started Wednesday afternoon in Refugio Canyon, is still officially listed at about 1200 plus acres, but it has grown in size during the last few hours, as winds have returned to the fire zone.

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. 
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