Alisal Fire Incident Information – Updated Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Incident Status

Water Distribution Notice for Refugio Road Residents

The County of Santa Barbara and American Red Cross (ARC) are distributing water bottles to Refugio Road residents without power and running water due to Alisal Fire impacts.  Bottled water will be distributed at the intersection of Refugio Road and Calle Real (near the Hwy 101 off-ramp) on Monday, October 18 from 4-6pm, and Tuesday, October 19 from 10am-2pm.  Three cases of bottled water will be distributed to each resident.  For assistance, contact American Red Cross at 805-901-0845.  Recovery and informational packets are available on and will be provided at the water distribution site to impacted residents.

For water distribution support for large animals, call the County Animal Services hotline 805-681-4332.


The Alisal Fire stands at 97% containment with approximately 17,281 acres burned.  A total of 492 personnel are assigned to this incident.  

Highway 101 is now open in both directions.

Additional Information

Alisal Fire Incident Dashboard

Alisal Fire Dashboard includes an evacuation map including road closures and the fire perimeter.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors October 12, 2021 X-Agenda Item: Proclamation of Local Emergency Caused by the Alisal Fire. Read More

Evacuation Information

The Evacuation Order for the area west of Arroyo Hondo to intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 1, the Arroyo Hondo Canyon and Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitan Beach State Park and West Camino Cielo has been cancelled. Take caution when returning home as emergency personnel remain in the area. Southern California Edison (SCE) is in the process of replacing power poles and will continue inspections via helicopters throughout the week. This area is restricted to residents only. Others without proof of residency or official business in the area may be cited by law enforcement. More information is available on

Animal Evacuations

For assistance picking up animals, contact County Animal Services at (805) 681-4332.

Road Closures

Highway 101 is now open in both directions.

The railway parallel to Highway 101 has reopened in both directions.

  • To monitor information related to the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, click here.
  • To monitor information related to the Amtrak Coast Starlight, click here.

Agriculture Info

If you have been affected by the Alisal fire and have incurred damages and or losses as a direct result of the incident, please contact our office: Mel Graham: (805)934-6200.

Ag Pass Information

The county-based “Ag Pass” program is to provide a uniform way to identify vetted commercial farm and ranch owner-operators and their employees to firefighting personnel, California Highway Patrol officers, Sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers, and other emergency personnel.

Possession of an Ag Pass during a wildfire or a similar disaster potentially allows the agriculturalist limited emergency access to areas that may otherwise be restricted to the public, in order to:

1) protect or care for agricultural assets (such as irrigating crops or feeding, watering, and transporting livestock) and/or

2) provide support information to emergency personnel (such as identifying access roads and water points-NOT fighting fires).

Ag Pass information and Temporary Passes are available here (link:

You can also contact the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office for more information.

Air Quality

10/18/21: With increasing containment of the Alisal Fire and favorable weather conditions, no major smoke impacts are expected. Air quality conditions countywide are expected to be Green/Good. You can always check conditions on APCD’s website: and the EPA Fire & Smoke map:

Be aware of the potential for future ash impacts from the fire, and find tips for safe ash clean-up practices:

An Air Quality Watch was issued on 10/15/21, to be in effect until conditions improved. See the Watch for more tips on checking air quality and ways to protect against wildfire smoke in the future:

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526