Goleta Devastated by Brush Fire as Record Heat Burns Path of Destruction


In the south, a wind-driven fire that erupted Friday night burned an estimated 20 structures, including homes, and forced evacuations in the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta, authorities said.

Southern California authorities are scaling back evacuation orders for neighborhoods around a wildfire that destroyed 20 homes and other buildings in Santa Barbara County.

As California's fire season enters full swing, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo has sent out almost 100 responders to assist with wildfires across the state, including at the Holiday Fire in Goleta, in neighboring Santa Barbara County. The Holiday Fire has scorched about 35 acres and prompted the evacuation of about 2,500 people in Goleta, county officials said. No cause has been determined, but the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said there is now an active investigation.

Coming a day after Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, a person has died as a result of the Klamathon Fire, Cal Fire announced Friday morning.

Almost 2,500 people in the Cathedral Oaks neighborhood have been evacuated.

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni told KSBY that the fire is burning out of control, with no containment. Plenty of brush fires have sprung up just this week in Western Washington along highways and in more rural areas in the eastern part of our state. He said he hadn't yet told his two oldest children their home was gone.

The fire was earlier reported to have destroyed 40 buildings, but the latest Cal Fire estimate put the number at 15.

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One outbuilding, a vehicle and a trailer were destroyed, according to Cal Fire-Butte County.

The fire is one of several that have ignited in southern California Friday, where temperatures topped 100 degrees.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says Friday afternoon that the fire in Alpine is about 150 acres (0.23 sq. miles) and had no containment.

The UC Santa Barbara campus is "not now under any immediate physical threat, but campus officials are closely monitoring the situation and will send out updates as necessary", according to an email sent out to UCSB students Friday night. More than 3,600 personnel are fighting the fire.

Officials issued a flash flood watch for the 85-square-mile (220-square-kilometer) area burned by a fire that started June 1.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Huerfano County officials said Highway 160 had reopened and residents of Tres Valles could return home. The wildfire is burning through drought-stricken timber and brush near California's border with OR, authorities said Friday.

Elsewhere in California, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire northwest of Sacramento was almost 50 percent contained.