May 27 A wind-whipped fire engulfed 700 acres
(285 hectares) of forest in California's Santa Barbara County on
Monday, forcing the evacuation of holiday weekend campers and
nearby residents, a fire official said.
Flames broke out in the White Rock camping area of Los
Padres National Forest about 2:40 p.m. local time and the blaze
spread quickly toward 50 homes in nearby Paradise Canyon, said
Captain David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire
"It's being pushed by a westerly wind that's so strong we
can't get our six air tankers off the ground," Sadecki said,
noting the tankers were used to drop flame retardant.
Four helicopters that dump water on hot spots were able to
withstand the winds and were being used to fight the fire, he
About 1,000 people were evacuated from the recreational
area, and about 50 to 75 people from nearby homes remained
displaced because of the encroaching fire, Sadecki said.
The cause of the blaze was under investigation.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Peter Cooney)