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Santa Barbara County Fires (2008)

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  • Southland Soaked But Stable After Record Rainfall

    SANTA ANA -- Wet and weary residents in areas scarred by Southern California wildfires were back in their homes for Thanksgiving after a day of record rains brought evacuations and anxiety but none of the threatened flash floods or mudslides. Most...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Funding Enough To Cover High Cost Of California Wildfires

    Funding Enough To Cover High Cost Of California Wildfires
    The price tag for fighting California wildfires during just the past few weeks has climbed to more than $60 million, with the fire season's peak months still looming ahead. But in a state recently forced to make deep budget cuts, pay bills with IOUs...
  • 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...
  • Wind-whipped fire rips through Santa Barbara neighborhoods

    Wind-whipped fire rips through Santa Barbara neighborhoods
    Afternoon winds stoked a day-old brush fire into an out-of-control blaze Wednesday in Santa Barbara, sending it hopscotching across exclusive canyon neighborhoods and leaving firefighters nearly powerless before its advance. The airborne embers ignited...