Flames Descend Canyons In Santa Barbara Co. Fire

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire fueled by Santa Barbara County's notorious "sundowner" winds has consumed about a half-dozen outbuildings in the canyons above Goleta.

Santa Barbara County fire department Captain Eli Iskow says intense flames pushed by winds of up to 35 miles per hour overnight burned the outbuildings, as well as a mobile home and several cars.

Iskow says firefighters were able to save hundreds of homes from
the flames and that no residents were killed or injured, although several firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The 5,400-acre fire in the Los Padres National Forest prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,700 homes in several
small communities in and around Goleta after the winds picked up and shifted late Thursday afternoon.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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