Alisal fire shifts to federal incident with additional staffing and funds

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The Alisal fire along the Santa Barbara County coast has shifted to a federal incident. With that comes additional staffing, resources and funds.

Gaining the upper hand on the fire will depend in large part by the behavior of the winds along the Gaviota coast where the flames first broke out Monday Oct. 11.

The cause remains under investigation. The fire began in a remote location.

Incident Commander Woody Enos said, the canyons often have drastically different conditions. In some cases they can be quiet and then, “you can go to the very next draw like Refugio or El Capitan and it can be howling 50, 60, 70 miles an hour which was the case on the first day.”