Highway 101 is Now Open
By edhat staff
Highway 101 has re-opened from north of Gaviota to Goleta following a closure due to the Alisal Fire.
California Highway Patrol and Caltrans made the announcement at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.
"The Alisal Fire remains active, we are asking the motoring public to remain vigilant of emergency crews working along the Hwy," the California Highway Patrol posted on Twitter.
The Alisal Fire sparked on Monday near Alisal Lake in Solvang. Due to strong winds the fire quickly moved towards to coast prompting a highway shutdown in both directions.
Highway 154 has been severely backed up as the quickest alternate route to the South Coast.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office also reminds the public that traffic into the evacuation zones is restricted and there will be roadblocks in these areas to prevent access. The Sheriff’s Office has increased patrol in these areas to ensure security of the residences and buildings as well as to keep the area clear of traffic that would impede firefighting efforts.
The Alisal Fire is only 5% contained and evacuations remain in place. Click here for more information on the fire.