Fire officials said the fire broke out near Alisal reservoir on Monday afternoon and is now spread over 2,000 acres. It was uncontrolled till Tuesday morning, according to inciweb
, a clearinghouse for information on wildfires in the US.
At least 100 structures were threatened by the flames, officials said.
“The fire is burning in dense chaparral and is growing with strong winds and high speed,” said a report in Inciweb.
Winds of 30-35 mph were recorded in the area, with gusts of 70 mph.
Fire officials said foggy conditions forced all flight crews assigned to the fire to remain on the ground due to unsafe flight conditions.
A section of Highway 101 was also closed due to the flames. According
To the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
At least 125 crew members are assisting with firefighting efforts, according to a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The Alisal Fire comes as California is battling a devastating fire season, which includes nine active major fires, according to National Interagency Fire Center
The biggest is the huge Dixie Fire, which has consumed nearly a million acres since the spark on July 13. that fire is now 94% contained
Overall, the state has witnessed 7,883 fires this year, which have scorched nearly 2.5 million acres. cal fire
Climate change has created favorable conditions for fires to flare up in California – such as warmer temperatures and lower humidity, which dry out vegetation.