California wildfire swells, triggering more evacuations, power shutoffs

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A firefighter battles the Alisal Fire on Oct. 12. Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

More than 1,300 California firefighters are working to contain the wind-driven blaze that triggered new evacuation orders and far-reaching power shut-offs, officials said.

The big picture: The Alisal Fire, which ignited near the Alisal Reservoir on Monday, now spans more than 15,000 acres and is only 5% contained, according to Inciweb, an inter-agency incident information site.

  • Strong northwest winds continue to push the fire’s flames, prompting a wind advisory for the area.
  • On Wednesday, utility provider Pacific Gas & Electric alerted 16,000 customers to planned power shut-offs Thursday due to “fire weather,” the company said in a press release.
  • PG&E shut off power Monday to approximately 25,000 customers in parts of 23 counties. Nearly all affected customers had their power restored Tuesday, PG&E said.
  • Highway 101 near Santa Barbara has been closed since Monday.

Threat level: “This fire is a reminder that as summer winds down, our fire season ramps up,” Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann said.

  • Alisal is one of 10 uncontained large fires burning in California, per the National Interagency Fire Center.

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