California wildfire: Alisal Fire grows to over 5422 hectares, leads to major highway closure

From Global News.

The raging Alisal fire in Santa Barbara, Calif. scorched over 5,423 hectares by Oct. 12 according to emergency officials.

The fire has prompted evacuations and the partial closure of a Highway 101 – a major highway.

The fast-moving brush fire started on Monday afternoon near the Alisal Reservoir and swelled in size, after being stoked by strong winds and burning in dense shrubland, according to federal wildfire tracker InciWeb.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated and the blaze is threatening approximately 100 structures and ranch homes, fire officials said.

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