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Fire near Santa Barbara disrupts Surfliner, Starlight service

By | October 13, 2021

Fast-moving Alisal Fire has also closed part of U.S. Route 101

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Amtrak logoLOS ANGELES — Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight service has been altered because of wildfires in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area.

The Alisal fire, burning northwest of Santa Barbara and south of the town of Solvang, has closed the Union Pacific rail line and a portion of U.S. Route 101. KCBS-TV reports the fire, which broke out Monday afternoon, had grown to 13,400 acres by Tuesday night with just 5% containment, and is burning in an area that has not seen a wildfire since 1955.

As a result, the Coast Starlight, trains 11 and 14, will not operate between Los Angeles and Emeryville, with passengers diverted to San Joaquin trains or Amtrak Thruway bus service. Southbound Pacific Surfliner train No. 774, which normally originates at San Luis Obispo, will originate at Goleta, while northbound train No. 777 will terminate in Goleta. No alternate transportation will be provided between Goleta, San Luis Obispo, and intermediate stations.

Watch the Pacific Surfliner website and Amtrak Alerts Twitter feed for updated information.


2 thoughts on “Fire near Santa Barbara disrupts Surfliner, Starlight service

  1. To bad the Starlight can’t go via Tehachapi. Some people would by a ticket just to ride over the pass.

  2. It was up to 15,442 acres and 5% contained by early yesterday. Here is a link to periodic, and concise updates:
    This link willed be updated. Each post contains a satellite-photo map further down in the post showing the burnt area, evacuation zone, freeway closure, etc. If you zone in you can see the UP R/W along the coast. Zone out and to the right, you can see Goleta, and then Santa Barbara, about 30 miles east of the fire.

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