Santa Barbara Fire: Multiple Homes Destroyed, Winds Calm Down
At least 20 homes have been lost and three Ventura County firefighters were injured yesterday in the Jesusita Fire that began Monday afternoon in the hills of Santa Barbara. The same kind of weather is expected today--"30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 mph"--but fire crews were able to start building a fire line during lulls in the wind yesterday and this morning. Red flag weather conditions are currently in effect.
500 acres have been burned and 5,430 homes, or 13,575 people, were under mandatory evacuation, according to the Associated Press. An additional 13,000 have been warned they may need to evacuate, too.
Governor Schwarzenegger, who declared a state of emergency Tuesday, will speak at a press conference at 9 a.m. The County of Santa Barbara is keeping an updated Google Map with relevant evacuation info and a page with updates.