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Evacuation order, shelter-in-place lifted for residents in Alisal Fire burn scar

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - An evacuation order and a shelter-in-place order for people living below the Alisal Fire burn scar was lifted Monday afternoon after a storm system brought rain to the area.

Residents were ordered to evacuate Sunday morning ahead of the rainfall.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management announced the evacuation order Saturday evening. Those under evacuation orders were ordered to be out of their homes by noon Sunday.

Early Monday morning, a Flash Flood Warning was issued by the National Weather Service. The shelter-in-place order was issued shortly after.

By 11:15 a.m., the Flash Flood Warning was lifted but the evacuation orders and shelter-in-place order remained in effect. By 3 p.m. Santa Barbara County OEm announced all remaining restrictions had been lifted.

Refugio Road, which is the main artery through the Alisal Fire burn scar, remains open to residents only.

Drivers were still encouraged to be careful when traveling through the area due to the risk of rocks and debris in the roadway.

More information can be found at

As of the most recent update, the Alisal Fire remains 97% contained after burning 16,962 acres.

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