On Tuesday, Santa Barbara County issued a local emergency due to the Alisal Fire, which is burning the northern coastal region of the county between Gaviota and Capitan. The fire was named for its proximity to the Alisal Reservoir. 

The fire has resulted in the closure of both lanes of Highway 101, between Cathedral Oaks Road and the Highway 1 junction near Lompoc, and has prompted an air quality warning on Tuesday. 

The fire began around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11; and as of Wednesday, Oct. 13, the fire has reached 14,500 acres with 5% containment, according to Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire District information officer. There are 1,300 personnel assigned to the fire, with more on the way, Eliason said. 

More than 270 residents have been evacuated under evacuation orders, and 260 more are under an education warning. More than 100 structures are currently threatened. Dos Pueblos High School is hosting an evacuation shelter. For updates, visit readysbc.org/alisal-fire. 

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