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Santa Barbara County Fires (2008)

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  • Push is on to stall Goleta fire before winds; more evacuations at Big Sur

    A fire has reached as close as 2 miles to populated areas of Goleta today after burning through 200 to 300 acres in Los Padres National Forest since Tuesday evening, authorities said. Meanwhile, the stubborn Big Sur blaze jumped a containment line this...
  • Goleta fire doubles to 2,400 acres; Big Sur remains under evacuation

    GOLETA, Calif. -- The Gap fire looming over this town has grown to more than 2,400 acres this morning, doubling in size overnight as burned for its third day. Farther north, Big Sur remained under evacuation orders because of a stubborn blaze. The...
  • 'Critical day' for growing Goleta fire; Big Sur blaze only 5% contained

    GOLETA, Calif. -- Driven overnight by "sundowner" winds that gusted to 50 mph, the Gap fire grew to more than 8,300 acres, but by morning was 24% contained, fire officials said. The blaze destroyed four outbuildings and led to the evacuations of at...
  • A Santa Barbara area canyon's residents are among many Californians living in harm's way in fire-prone areas

    A Santa Barbara area canyon's residents are among many Californians living in harm's way in fire-prone areas
    Sometimes when Ralph Daniel looks out the huge plate-glass windows of his 1959 ranch house, a bobcat stares back at him from the patio. He delights in the quiet, the bird songs, the expansive view of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Like millions of other...
  • Massive evacuations ordered as onslaught of fires spreads

    Wind-whipped firestorms destroyed more than 700 homes and businesses in Southern California on Monday, the second day of its onslaught, and more than half a million people in San Diego County were told to evacuate their homes. The gale-force winds turned...
  • Winds drive Southland wildfires

    Thousands of Southern California homes could be at risk in coming days as powerful Santa Ana winds continue to stoke wildfires, fire officials said. Blazes on Sunday scorched thousands of acres from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara County, destroyed at...
  • After Fog, Heat Wave Hits L.A.

    After Fog, Heat Wave Hits L.A.
    LOS ANGELES -- Now that the first significant rain of the season has left the Southern California area, residents can put away their umbrellas and sweaters and get out those summer clothes once again. A predicted heat wave has started. The weather is...
  • At 65, Smokey Bear is still fighting fires

    At 65, Smokey Bear is still fighting fires
    He's a war hero who became a media mogul, celebrity pitchman, pop icon and philanthropist. He's so famous he was given his own ZIP Code, 20252, to handle the fan mail. He is 65 years old but has no intention of retiring. In fact, he looks fitter than...
  • Huge Santa Barbara Fire Started at Pot Farm

    Huge Santa Barbara Fire Started at Pot Farm
    SANTA BARBARA -- Authorities in Santa Barbara County say a fire that has burned at least 85,686 acres over the last week started at an illegal marijuana farm operated by a Mexican drug organization. "The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit...
  • Wildfire State Of Emergency Declared By Acting Governor

    Wildfire State Of Emergency Declared By Acting Governor
    California's acting governor today declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County, site of one of two large coastal fires burning out of control and forcing residents to flee their homes. Lt. Gov. John Garamendi issued the order because Gov. Arnold...
  • Governor Visits Firefighters at Lockheed Fire

    Governor Visits Firefighters at Lockheed Fire
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged residents to heed mandatory evacuation orders Saturday as 6,800 firefighters battled to control nearly a dozen blazes across the parched state. Schwarzenegger met with firefighters at the Lockheed Fire in the...
  • Authorities: Huge Santa Barbara Fire Started at Pot Farm

    SANTA BARBARA -- Authorities in Santa Barbara County say a fire that has burned more than 75,000 acres over the last week started at an illegal marijuana farm operated by a Mexican drug organization. "The Santa Barbara County SheriffÂ’s Narcotics Unit has...