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Fire crews make big gains against Southern California blaze

More than 1,600 firefighters are battling the blaze in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara on land and by air.

10/18/2021 7:01:00 AM

More than 1,600 firefighters are battling the blaze in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara on land and by air.

Officials say fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains

Fierce winds cause California wildfireMatt Gutman reports on the Alisa Fire, which grew massively in size overnight, forced evacuations and shut down a major highway.The Associated PressSANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said Sunday.

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More than 1,600 firefighters were battling the blaze in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara on land and by air. They were able to stop its forward growth, and the blaze was 78% contained, federal officials said.The Alisal Fire started last Monday and has scorched nearly 27 square miles (69 square kilometers). It is threatening about 400 structures.

A 1 1/2-acre (0.6 hectare) spot fire that ignited outside a retardant line on the blaze's northwestern corner was quickly contained by firefighters who used bulldozer and hand lines on the ground and doused the flames with water from the air. On Sunday, few hot spots remained, and fire crews were focused on increasing containment. headtopics.com

Cooler temperatures were forecast for Sunday, but winds with gusts around 20 mph (32 kph) were still expected in the area, officials said.The fire erupted during fierce winds last week and spread rapidly down the face of the mountain range, leaping a highway and railroad to the beach below. Firefighting weather greatly improved since then, allowing airplanes and helicopters to bombard the fire with retardant and water.

California wildfires have scorched nearly 3,900 square miles (10,101 square kilometers) this year and destroyed more than 3,600 homes, businesses and other structures, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Read more: ABC News »

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