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Published on Jul 8, 2017
July 8, 2017: A wildfire burning out of control in Santa Barbara County has tripled in size over about eight hours. It has rapidly turned into fierce event and very large.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website showed that the fire east of Santa Maria had exploded to nearly 30 square miles (about 77 sq. kilometers) Saturday.

The fire that spread under hot, dry gusty winds had forced evacuation orders for nearly 300 homes. It was about 10 percent contained.

County fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says more than 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the fire and more were on their way.

Five helicopters dropping water and four planes spraying fire retardant were attacking the flames. **British Columbia Declare State of Emergency** ~Wildfires out of control~
A province-wide state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia after dozens of new wildfires destroyed buildings and forced thousands of people from their homes.
More than 1,800 firefighters were fighting around 200 fires on Saturday, many of which are considered to be out of control. Another 260 firefighters were coming to help from across Canada.
Official province-wide evacuee numbers have not been released; however an estimated 6,000 people had been forced from their homes as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Cariboo Regional District. ( Special Thanks to Ken K )

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140,000 without power caused by fire during record breaking heatwave in the Valley California

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Power has been restored to more than a third of the 140,000 Valley homes and businesses affected by an intentional outage Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials caused Saturday to aid firefighters battling flames at a DWP facility.
DWP estimated the initial power outage affected 140,000 customers on a very warm night in the following communities: Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, North Hills, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills.
But by about 10 p.m., power for 50,000 of those customers was restored, according to the DWP.
The power was purposefully cut to allow firefighters to safely work heavy flames at the plant at 18900 Parthenia St., the DWP reported. An explosion was first reported at 6:53 p.m., Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The facility is known as Receiving Station J, said LADWP spokesman Michael Ventre.
It was not known when all power would be restored.
An LADWP employee on the scene said he'd just gotten off a 16 hour-shift and would have to start another at midnight.
"It's got to be done," he said.
"People are without power."
Eighty-four firefighters used water and foam to extinguish the fire, Humphrey said.
The fire was in an energized storage vault that contained 50-60,000 gallons of mineral oil, he said. No injuries were reported.
The outages occurred following a day of record high temperatures across the Southland, including Woodland Hills, where the high reached 110 degrees, besting the previous record of 108, set in 2006. Downtown Los Angeles tied its record temperature of 96 degrees, which was set July 8, 1954.

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