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Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Tops 1,000 Acre Mark; Five Percent Contained

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:17am

A brush fire in Santa Barbara County has charred more than a thousand acres of land, but is now burning away from homes, and is 5% contained.

The fire is in the Los Padres National Forest in the Paradise Road area, on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Andrew Madsen says what’s being called the White Fire was discovered just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon, in the White Rock Day Use Area.

It’s a sparsely populated area, but the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says some scattered homes in the remote Upper Oso were evacuated, as were about 4,000 to 6,000 people from day use areas, and campgrounds. The American Red Cross set up a shelter for evacuees in Goleta.

The blaze has been burning east, away from homes, and towards some wilderness areas. The wind eased during the overnight areas, aiding the efforts of firefighters, but the blaze is burning in rugged, remote areas hard for firefighters to reach.

There are no reports of injuries. A Forest Service structure was damaged, as were some vehicles. There’s no word yet on the fire’s cause.

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