Santa Barbara forest fires have already consumed more than 4 000 acres and this is just the beginning
According to the authorities of California, they are unable to conquer with the force of nature. Santa Barbara County Fire Department stated that they managed to contain only 10 percent of the fire.
It is reported that a natural disaster originated in the Santa Ynez Mountains and in less than 48 hours completely burned 4,300 acres of land. A state of emergency was declared in the area and thousands of people were evacuated.
The Fire Department reports that fire threatens to burn many houses. More than 200 firefighters have been thrown to fight a forest fire. No casualties among people have been reported. So far, only one non-residential building has been burned to a cinder.
«Current map of the fire footprint. 4,330 acres have burned with 10% containment. No structures (homes) destroyed. No injuries.»
According to official information, more than 5 thousand people were forced to leave the flaming territory. Some eyewitnesses fell into the midst of a raging flame.
The reasons for the fire are being investigated. It is known that all educational institutions were closed. Dry weather and strong winds are rapidly spreading fire. According to the latest data, about 2 thousand people were left without electricity.