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Santa Barbara Fires Update

Posted by feww on November 15, 2008

Update 3 a.m. Saturday November 15, 2008

  • Sayre fire has burned nearly 1,600 acres and a large number of structures
  • More than 1,000 structures are threatened
  • About  5,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation.
  • Fire leaped both the 210 and 5 Freeways about 2 hrs ago.

Firefighters said the blaze was moving “southwest along the northern boundary of the city of Los Angeles ‘with much fuel in front of it.‘”

Schwarzenegger declares a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County

Smart Sylmar fire consumes 100 acres, 5 structures, damage toll may increase through Saturday.

The Tea fire consumed about 115 structures and damaged another dozen residences in the wealthy enclave of Montecito before the “Sundowner” winds died down and the fire stabilized. About 13 people were reportedly injured from smoke inhalation and burns, and a 98-year-old man died after being evacuated.

Tea fire in Montecito –  The setting sun peeks through bare limbs left after the fire swept through. November 14, 2008. Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times. Image may be subject to copyright.

Tea fire had reportedly consumed about 2,500 acres by late Friday night local time, leaving a charred landscape behind.

The authorities have warned that 1,500 homes are still threatened. About 5,500 people remained displaced, according to Santa Barbara County Supervisor.

“It’s still very unstable, and we’re not by any means ready for people to get back into their homes,” said Santa Barbara Deputy Police Chief.

In one neighborhood where 15 houses were destroyed, an old house with an old-fashioned yard sprinkler, survived the fire, according to a report.

A ruptured gas line burns in front of a large estate in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, California, November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten. Image may be subject to copyright.

Meanwhile, another smart brush fire, stoked by high Santa Ana winds, consumed about 100 acres near Veterans Memorial Park, north of Sylmar,  destroying as many as five structures. The blaze which started after 10:00 p.m. local time was reportedly visible across the San Fernando Valley.

“Gusty Santa Ana winds of up to 70 mph are forecast through Saturday, and a red flag warning remains in effect for canyons and valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties,” a report said.

The cause of Tea fire [also Sayre and Sylmar fires] is still undetermined/or remains undisclosed [as it now seems to be the norm with all Calif. fires.]

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