Evacuation Orders Expanded as Whittier Fire Marches Toward Goleta

2,000-Acre Butte County Fire Destroys 10 Homes Injures Six People

High temperatures and dry gusts tripled the size of another Santa Barbara wildfire to almost 30 square miles over eight hours and forced evacuations of about 200 homes in a rural area east of Santa Maria, fire spokesman Kirk Sturm said.

The so-called Alamo Fire, named after a creek running in the area where it started on Thursday, has expanded to about 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) on the border between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Highway 154 has been closed to all but emergency vehicles and evacuees between Santa Barbara and Highway 246 in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Hot, dry winds have fanned a wildfire in Santa Barbara County that has now grown to over nine square miles and forced evacuations in the most urgent of several blazes burning throughout the baking state.

Hot, dry winds have fanned a wildfire in Santa Barbara County that has now grown to almost five square miles and forced evacuations.

The fire "has real potential for growth" because the area hasn't burned in around 70 years, national forest public affairs officer Andrew Madsen said.

"Volunteers are on hand to provide lodging, meals, water, hygiene items and comfort for families affected by the evacuations", the American Red Cross Gold Country Region reported on its Twitter account.

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In California, some 5,000 firefighters are battling 14 large wildfires, state officials say.

According to Los Angeles Times, the fast-moving wildfires spread across 19,000 acres amid soaring temperatures.

The fire that broke out Saturday afternoon near Lake Cachuma grew to 7800 acres as of Sunday morning.

Hwy 154 at Cachuma Lake remains in an evacuation order.

There have been no immediate reports of fire-related deaths.

Hundreds homes have been evacuated as a result of the blaze. As of Sunday morning, it had destroyed 10 structures. Also, evacuation orders were issued for Blazing Saddle Drive, White Rock Lane, and Tepusquet Road. Greene quotes Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department saying, "A lot of vegetation hasn't burned on this side for a good 40, 50 years on the North Slope".

Incident information from Cal Fire.

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