Thursday, November 13, 2008

UPDATE: Dozens of Homes Destroyed in Fire

Dozens of homes have been destroyed as a wind-driven brush fire roared through the hills Thursday in the Southern California coastal town of Montecito.

According to a fire department spokesperson, a quarter of the community's 10,000 people had been evacuated as of Thursday evening.

The fire began shortly before 6 p.m. and quickly moved through more than 300 acres in the foothills five miles south of Santa Barbara.

Fire officials ordered mandatory evacuations in the following areas:

*North of 192 between Hot Springs Road and Cheltenham

*All of Sycamore Canyon

*North of 192 between Sycamore Canyon and Gibraltar Road

*Sycamore Canyon at Eucalyptus Hill, South to Salinas to 5 points

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