February 21, 2018

Raging wildfires tear through California and force thousands to flee their homes

10 July 2017, 12:57 | Kara Nash

Fire off of Highway 46 near Whitley Gardens

Fire off of Highway 46 near Whitley Gardens

The incident command center at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo grounds was run jointly by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Cal Fire SLO on Saturday.

Already, hundreds of homes have been evacuated as the blazes continued to grow Sunday.

According to Los Padres National Forest, the fire has burned 5600 acres as of 9:30 P.M., and was at zero percent containment as of 7:50 P.M.

More than 200 wildfires were burning in the Canadian province of British Columbia, forcing thousands to flee.

Brown said that battalion chiefs have been on the fire line directing firefighters and the county Office of Emergency Services has been activated.

On the fire lines, firefighters have gained about 25 percent containment of a almost 3-square-mile (7.7-sq. -kilometer) blaze near the Yolo County community of Winters, west of Sacramento. As of Sunday morning, it had destroyed 10 structures. The next largest wildfire is the Schaeffer Fire burning in Tulare County, about 17 miles north of Kernville.

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Here's a look at the wildfires blackening the West.

A fire in Santa Barbara County t hat started in the early afternoon on Saturday had spread to both sides of Highway 154 and was "completely out of control", county fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said.

The Whittier blaze caused at least 2,000 people to evacuate Saturday, including at least 60 campers who were attending the Circle V Ranch, a popular summer camp, DePinto said.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Oroville in Northern California has destroyed 10 structures and led to minor injuries. It's the largest of 14 wildfires now burning across the state.

Evacuation orders: Issued for Blazing Saddle Drive, Buckhorn Ridge, White Rock Lane and Tepusquet Road, south of Blazing Saddle drive to Santa Maria Mesa Road.

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