Alisal Fire in Calif. prompts new evacuations, air quality advisory, US News Revolution
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GOLETA, CA - OCTOBER 12: Firefighters battle the Alisal Fire on October 12, 2021 near Goleta, California. Pushed by high winds, the Alisal Fire grew to 6,000 acres overnight, shutting down the much-traveled 101 Freeway along the Pacific Coast. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

GOLETA, CA – OCTOBER 12: Firefighters battle the Alisal Fire on October 12, 2021 near Goleta, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:25 PM PT – Thursday, October 14, 2021

A massive wildfire in Southern California rages on. The Alisal Fire has so far, spread across more than 16,000 acres in Santa Barbara County.

The flames have prompted new evacuations as it threatens homes and ranches. Officials have also issued an air quality advisory throughout the region as smoke from the blaze drifts into Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.

More than 1,300 personnel have been battling the fire, which is only five percent contained as of Thursday. Officials said drought conditions and strong winds have been fueling the flames.

“We’ll see some see-sawing action on this fire over the next few days and we’ll be very, very busy out there. We expect that for weeks, you will see, if not months, you’ll see fire crews out there putting out hotspots on this fire,” said Chief Mark Hartwig of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Crews have been fighting the fire on the ground and from the air. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) has reportedly received federal assistance to help with the response to the fire.

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