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.
http://globalnews.ca/news/3585043/dri... ( Special Thanks to Ken K )
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