Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Wildfire Scorches Thousands of Acres in Santa Barbara County

Submitted by Annita Kasparian |A plane from Mc Clellan Air Force Base loaded with fire retardant travels to the Wall Fire in Butte County Submitted by Annita Kasparian |A plane from Mc Clellan Air Force Base loaded with fire retardant travels to the Wall Fire in Butte County
Debra Rodriguez | 11 July, 2017, 01:06

Evacuation orders remained in effect Sunday for Hwy.

An Evacuation Order has been issued for Tepusquet Road south of Blazing Saddle to Santa Maria Mesa Road as well as White Rock Lane and Colson Canyon.

A spokeswoman for Circle V Ranch Camp said all 90 campers and 50 counselors and staff members were escorted out by firefighters and taken to Old Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, where those from Santa Barbara County were picked up by parents and guardians.

The Whittier Fire forced the evacuation of about 3,500 residents and campers near Lake Cachuma Saturday afternoon.

Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours. There are still 5,400 structures threatened by the flames. The fire has ravaged about 23 900 hectares and was controlled to 15 %, have informed the authorities.

That blaze, now the state's largest active fire located approximately midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, was 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fire has burned 42.6 square miles (110.3 square kilometers) of grass, brush and timber since starting June 30.

More than five wildfires under 10 percent containment are burning across California.

The fire burned almost 8 square miles (20 sq. kilometers), destroyed at least 10 structures and damaged critical infrastructure, leading Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency to provide assistance to local authorities. Early reports that the blaze was started by a vehicle fire are unconfirmed and the cause is under investigation, according to officials. About 1,000 fire personnel are actively fighting the blaze with more resources ordered.

[6:40 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is 0 percent contained and has burned at least 150 acres of heavy vegetation.

There were 40 uncontained large USA wildfires on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

The state is dealing with more than a dozen fires.

Island fire: Lightning also caused this fire, which is burning west of Edna in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

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