Blockade of a major highway in California due to an outbreak of wildfire

According to Inciweb, an interstate incident information system, a wildfire is spreading fast in Southern California with an area of forest burned to more than 54.23 square kilometers, prompting local authorities to come out. order to evacuate people and blockade a major highway.

Firefighters put out a fire at the Coldor fire in Twin Bridges, California, USA on August 29, 2021. Illustration: AFP
Firefighters put out a fire at the Coldor fire in Twin Bridges, California, USA on August 29, 2021. Illustration: AFP

The fire, called Alisal, started on October 11 afternoon near Alisal Resevoir Lake, north of US Highway 101, along Santa Barbara County and spread quickly due to strong winds.

Immediately after the fire, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of people.

Inciweb quoted local officials as saying more than 600 firefighters were mobilized to prevent the spread of the fire, which is believed to be threatening at least 100 structures. However, by November 12, the fire department had only extinguished 5% of the fire area.

Due to concerns about the impact of the Alisal fire, authorities have indefinitely closed both directions of the 101 freeway and have not set a time for reopening, and instructing traffic on the following routes. alternative route. In addition, the railway line parallel to the 101 freeway was also closed.

Statewide, this year, wildfires have burned more than 10,065 square kilometers and destroyed or damaged more than 3,600 structures, according to the latest update from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

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