Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

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Update by edhat staff
2:00 p.m., October 25, 2021

The Shelter in Place Order and Evacuation Order for the Alisal fire burn area was cancelled after the storm passed through the county.

Refugio Road remains open to residents only. 


Update by edhat staff
9:00 a.m., October 25, 2021

A Shelter in Place Order has been issued due to the potential for life-threatening flooding and debris flows in the Alisal Fire burn area.

Residents are advised to stay inside until further notice, go to the innermost room in their home or to higher ground such as a second-floor

At 8:25 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) reported Refugio Pass indicated 0.91 inches per hour rainfall rate as heavy rain moves into the Alisal burn scar. Additionally, NWS predicts Flash Flooding with mud and debris flows in the burn scar.

 

The Flash Flood Warning including Tajiguas is in effect until 11:15 AM Monday.


Evacuation Warning Upgraded to Evacuation Order for Parts of the Alisal Fire Burn Area

Update by Office of Emergency Management
7:30 p.m., October 23, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER due to an incoming storm Sunday night (October 24) through Monday morning (October 25) with the potential to produce a debris flow. 
 
This Order is effective at noon, Sunday, October 24 and applies to the following areas in and around the Alisal Fire burn scar: west of Las Flores Canyon, east of Mariposa Reina, south of West Camino Cielo, and down to the ocean. 
 
Please evacuate the area by 12 PM tomorrow Sunday. 
 
Evacuation Center:
An Evacuation Center will be opened on Sunday (exact time to be determined) at the SBCC Wake Center located at 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara 93111. 
 

For animal evacuation assistance, call the Animal Services Hotline at (805) 681-4332. After normal business hours, call the Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line at
(805) 683-2724 and ask to speak with on-call Animal Control Officer.

 
To stay connected to incident information and preparedness tips, go to readysbc.org/alisal-fire/.


Update by edhat staff
6:00 p.m., October 22, 2021

An evacuation warning has been issued due to the incoming rainstorm headed for Santa Barbara County on Sunday with the potential to produce a debris flow near the Alisal fire burn areas.

The warning is effective starting today, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. and applies to the following area(s): west of Las Flores Canyon, east of Mariposa Reina, south of West Camino Cielo, and down to the ocean.

Officials encourage residents to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, remain alert and prepare family members, pets, and essential items. If you feel threatened at any time, leave immediately. Do not wait for an alert to evacuate. People with disabilities, access and functional needs should leave now. People with large animals should leave now, the evacuation warning states.

Additionally, it's being advised that residents should not drive on Refugio Road during the storm due to possible flooding and debris flows.

Santa Barbara County, in partnership with the National Weather Service, is closely monitoring the incoming storm. County officials are working closely with the United States Forest Service Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team, the CAL Fire Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT), and local agencies to further assess the potential risks for debris flows. 

Sign up for alerts at readysbc.org/alisalfire

Sand Bag Information

Three self-service sandbag stations are open during daylight hours in Goleta. They are located at:

  • Fire Station 11 (6901 Frey Way and Storke Road just south of Santa Felicia, across from the main post office)
  • Fire Station 14 (320 Los Carneros Road next to the Stow House Museum lot)
  • Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue)

Bags and sand are available to residents and are limited to 20 bags per household. Please take only what you need. Bring a tarp or towels to protect the inside of your vehicle during transport. DO NOT use empty sand bags to line your car.


Rain Headed to Santa Barbara County Causes Concern

By edhat staff
7:00 a.m., October 22, 2021

A rainstorm headed for Santa Barbara County this weekend causes concern for the Alisal Fire burn scar.

The National Weather Service predicts the storm to land later Sunday through Monday with a chance of moderate to heavy rain, especially for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. 

This includes the recently burned canyons within the Alisal fire area.

There's a potential for one to three inches of rain as well as gusty winds, high surf, and possible debris flows in recent burn areas, the National Weather Service states.

Santa Barbara County officials are working closely with the United States Forest Service Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team, the CAL Fire Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT), and local agencies to identify the potential risks for debris flows.

"Residents are encouraged to prepare for potential storm impacts. Do not wait for officials, if at any time you feel unsafe, you should voluntarily leave the area," the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) states.

OEM has published "10 Steps to Protect Yourself Now" from the storm that can be read here.

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ZeroHawk Oct 22, 2021 11:21 AM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

there is no way they will be finished. they have not been working much the past two months...just a few hours here and there that I've seen and i ride past this daily...
refering to the project near 101 off of Gutierrez

a-1634965131 Oct 22, 2021 09:58 PM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

Why is everyone losing their minds and applying so much energy into preparations on Gaviota coast when hardly anyone lives there. All 10 people leave now! Done.

a-1634971675 Oct 22, 2021 11:47 PM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

Reportedly, there are 300 homes in the evac area. Noozhawk: "An estimated 300 residences are affected by the evacuation warning, according to Kelly Hubbard, director of the county Office of Emergency Management."

Shasta Guy Oct 24, 2021 12:39 PM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

If the storm is intense enough we could have the scenario where debris flow from the Alisal burn are makes for trouble on 101 and rock slides make for trouble on 154.

Shasta Guy Oct 24, 2021 06:50 AM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

The storm is living up to expectations up north. Some north coast locations have already accumulated 4” or more of rain. With a 1,000,000 acres burned in the Dixie fire alone, there should be debris flows somewhere.

Heed the warnings to evacuate and don’t become a statistic.

Shasta Guy Oct 24, 2021 08:45 AM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

Per Windy.com, the storm is blowing due north (south winds). If the storm maintains that when it hits our area, we could experience significant orographic enhancement of rainfall on the south facing slopes. It’s a great sunny morning now, but those in vulnerable areas need to assess their risk and act appropriately.

Some Bay Area locations have as much as 7” of accumulation due to orographic conditions.

ScannerAndrew Oct 24, 2021 06:37 PM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

Just to let everyone know, I will be staying up throughout the night and into the morning tomorrow monitoring and will post if there are serious incidents. I'll also probably post an incident thread page similar to a couple weeks ago with the lightning, depending how many events occur.

a-1635158481 Oct 25, 2021 03:41 AM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

I'd seen from Twitter & NWS that the storm had slowed. Went from drizzle to rain well after 3 a.m. Glad any needed response will be in daylight. I'm sure you got some good sleep, Andrew.

Shasta Guy Oct 25, 2021 07:59 AM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

The precipitation band has finally hit the our area. Hopefully the hillsides hold together. It’s been a big one up north with Lake Oroville rising 19’ in the last 24 hrs.

Shasta Guy Oct 25, 2021 08:41 AM
Shelter in Place Lifted for Alisal Fire Burn Area

A “Shelter in Place” warning fir the Alisal Fire area just hit my phone. Hopefully anyone who stayed gets to higher ground. It’s been raining hard in Goleta, so the top of the ridge must be like a torrent.

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