Southern California blaze affects new cities: Fresh evacuation orders issued [Photos]
A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing on Sunday.
A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns. AP
Firefighters made significant progress Saturday on other fronts of the enormous fire that started 4 December in neighbouring Ventura County. As containment increased on other major blazes in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties, resources from those fires were diverted to the Santa Barbara foothills. AP
Crews with help from a fleet water-dropping planes and helicopters saved homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze deeper into residential foothill areas northwest of Los Angeles that haven't burned in decades. New evacuations were ordered as the fire sent up an enormous plume near Montecito and Carpinteria, seaside areas in Santa Barbara County that had been under fire threat for days and were now choked with smoke. AP
Forecasters said Santa Ana winds that whipped fires across the region last week would continue in some areas at least through Monday. A lack of rain has officials on edge statewide because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season. High fire risk is expected to last into January and the governor and experts said climate change is making it a year-round threat. AP