Wildfire Scorches Thousands of Acres in Santa Barbara County

As Wall Fire evacuation orders are slowly lifted some residents in Oroville realize they have no home to return
As Wall Fire evacuation orders are slowly lifted some residents in Oroville realize they have no home to return
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11 July, 2017

At least 400 firefighters were assigned to the fire, whose cause officially remains under investigation, although authorities said they believe it began with a vehicle fire.

Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, was hosting the National Multibreed Horse Show from Thursday through Saturday, so it had very little space available to shelter evacuated animals when the Whittier Fire broke out Saturday afternoon.

"We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain", outgoing Premier Christy Clark told reporters in Kamloops. The three biggest fires, which ranged in size from 5 to 8 square miles (14 to 20 square kilometers), had forced thousands of people to flee.

More than 3,500 people had fled the Whittier fire in Santa Barbara County that started on Saturday afternoon as temperatures hit a sizzling 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), officials said.

A crew of 21 firefighters from New Brunswick is headed across the country to help battle forest fires in British Columbia. The deputy was not injured, according to officials. No property damage or injuries were reported. 154, and Kinevan Road.

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A warning means anyone in the area should be gathering family members, pets, important documents and irreplaceable items and be prepared to leave. Approximately 200 people have been evacuated. Evacuations were expanded in Butte County, above Sacramento, as the Wall Fire raced west. Flames were rapidly tearing their way through the Sierra Nevada foothills, in what some said looked like a tornado of smoke and fire.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which operates Circle V Ranch Camp, has made arrangements for campers from Ventura and Los Angeles counties to be bused to their points of origin for pickup by family members.

All staff members who were on site of the Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre were safely evacuated, the group said in a statement.

[4:50 p.m. PDT] - Mandatory evacuations have been issued for residents on Blazing Saddles Road and White Rock Lane near Tepusquet Peak in Santa Barbara County.


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