As of late Tuesday, the 13,400 acre fire that burned 20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara had been 5% under control.
Officials said the blaze spread rapidly after the first one in Zhou. unknown reason.
The update said: “The main limiting factor is strong winds, which restricts the safe passage of fire fighting and restricts the use of aircraft to participate in and support fire fighting.”
More than 765 firefighters are fighting the fire as they try to alleviate the threat to Highway 101, which is closed from the north to the south.
At the same time, the utility company PG&E has warned 20 California counties that they may see a public safety power supply shutdown (PSPS) on Thursday in response to weather conditions that may trigger another wildfire. The counties in alarm state are: Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glen, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Napa, Plumas, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sands Star, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
Thousands of people in air quality monitoring
Due to the smoke from the Alisal fire, the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health and air pollution control officials released an air quality monitoring report on Tuesday.
“This is a dynamic situation, and the local air quality may change rapidly.”
Fire officials said on InciWeb that smoke from the fire can be seen everywhere in the southern part of the county, including the Santa Ynez Valley and the Gaviota coastline.
Health officials said that especially those with heart or lung diseases, the elderly, pregnant women and children should not spend too much time outdoors and restrict outdoor exercise to avoid inhaling smoke and particles in the air.