Hundreds of homes evacuated during California wildfires

Hundreds of homes evacuated during California wildfires

The Santa Barbara County fire was one of three fast-growing blazes in California.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in California, as wildfires continue to spread.

A brush fire near Highway 166 and Twitchell Reservoir, east of Santa Maria, has consumed more than 6,000 acres, closing the highway and leading to some evacuations, authorities said Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Oroville in Northern California has destroyed 10 structures and led to minor injuries.

The fire, dubbed the Alamo Fire, started Thursday afternoon but grew rapidly with high heat on Friday.

About 17 fires fanned by strong winds are raging across the length and breadth of the USA state, all in different stages of containment.

Hot, dry winds have fanned a wildfire in Santa Barbara County that has now grown to over nine square miles and forced evacuations in the most urgent of several blazes burning throughout the baking state. Gusts up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) could last through Saturday morning and possibly into Sunday, forecasters said.

Hundreds of homes evacuated during California wildfires
Hundreds of homes evacuated during California wildfires

It reached 3,400 acres later Friday evening, according to Santa Barbara County Fire. It's the largest of 14 wildfires now burning across the state. Early reports that the blaze was started by a vehicle fire are unconfirmed and the cause is under investigation, according to officials.

About 60 miles southeast, between 150 to 200 homes were issued evacuation orders due to another blaze, DePinto said.

In Colorado, residents of almost 500 homes outside the ski town of Breckenridge were allowed to return home on Friday night.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution District advise residents to be cautious and use common sense to protect your and your family's health.

An evacuation order was lifted in Landusky, Montana, in the Little Rocky Mountains south of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

Evacuations orders affected almost 300 homes.

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