CA Fire Threatens 100 Homes

A wildfire near Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes in an area where a fire in 1990 killed one person and burned about 550 homes, reports the Associated Press.

Deputies went door to door telling people to leave the area, an isolated mix of cabins and homes near a rocky ridge. By mid-afternoon, about 40 homes had been emptied, said county fire Capt. David Sadecki.

The fire erupted not far from Highway 154. Within a few hours, it had spread through at least 15 acres of brush.

Firefighters were able to stop its progress — at least temporarily — as they waited to see if stronger winds would arrive during the late afternoon.

There was no estimated time of containment.

Four helicopters and two air tankers were aiding firefighters on the ground, who were supported by 16 fire engines and several hand crews. More crews were being called.

The cause of the fire was unknown, but some power lines were down in the area, fire officials said.

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