Firefighters try to contain Santa Barbara wildfire

May 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Firefighters are battling to contain a raging wildfire that was moving dangerously close to heavily populated areas in in the hills of Santa Barbara that has forced the evacuation of an estimated 30,000 residents. About 2,300 firefighters from many departments were on the lines, aided by aircraft. The fire roared to life earlier in the year than usual and has swept through 2,800 acres, or 4 square miles, destroying dozens of homes and is only 10 percent contained so far.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County. Since the start of the fire on Wednesday firefighters have been wary of “sundowners” fierce winds that late in the day can sweep down from the Santa Ynez Mountains. Those heavy winds hit Thursday night pushing the flames to the south and west. TheĀ  idyllic coastal city with magnificant views of the Pacific Ocean on the state’s central coast is home to many celebrities andĀ  some of the best weather in the world, with temperatures routinely topping out in the 70s.

Source: ABC


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