Santa Barbara County Wildfire Fire Grows To 6000 Acres, Evacuations Ordered

Tuesday, 11 Jul, 2017

Hot and dry conditions in the West are feeding wildfires in the US and Canada, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of people.

LOS ANGELES The first major wildfires after the end of California's five-year drought raged across the state at the weekend, as it was gripped by a record-breaking heatwave.

The authorities issued an evacuation for about 250 homes threatened by the fire.

With temperatures hovering at 88 degrees in Oroville, crews were pushing through the heat and plowing through rugged terrain to set a line around the fire, said Rich Brocchini, a Cal Fire spokesman.

The fire has claimed more than 7,800 acres and was only 5% contained Sunday night, Cal Fire tweeted. The largest is 15 per cent contained but is threatening more than 130 homes.

For help with animals, residents are asked to call Santa Barbara County Animal Services at 805-681-4332 before bringing any pets to a shelter. "The ash makes our eyes sting so bad", Vannier said.

Several areas, including the Highway 154 corridor, remained under evacuation orders while others, such as some areas of Goleta below the fire, had evacuation warnings in effect.

The two Metro Zone Strike Teams that left at 6 a.m. include six engines from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department along with engines from fire departments in Poway, Chula Vista and Coronado, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. It was 17 percent contained. Fire crews hope to quickly gain control of the fire with sundowner winds not expected over the next few days.

The July fire has burned more than 16 square miles (43 square kilometers) in the Little Rocky Mountains and has threatened the surrounding towns of Zortman, Landusky, Hays and Lodgepole. Officials said the fire burned 340 acres.

The fire burned at least 4.7 square miles, including a portion of the Cachuma Lake campground.

California is now experiencing wildfires which are as a result of the hot and dry winds that have engulfed the area in the past few days.

Columns of smoke and planes battling the blaze were seen in the area, according to photos and videos on social media.

Another blaze in the Sierra Nevada's Sequoia National Forest continues to grow in size. The Owyhee County sheriff's office evacuated the park Sunday evening.

North of the US's border, firefighters have contended with more than 200 wildfires burning in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, that have destroyed dozens of buildings - including several homes and two airport hangars.

"They were trapped because the road was completely enveloped by flames and there were trees falling down across the road and there was really just no way to get them out of there", Peterson said.