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Lookout Fire In Santa Barbara, California

October 17, 2012 by  

Lookout Fire In Santa Barbara, California, A wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday as it chewed through dense chaparral, authorities said.

Deputies went door to door telling people to leave the Painted Cave area, an isolated mix of cabins and homes near a rocky ridge, sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Williams said.

The fire erupted about 7:45 a.m. not far from Highway 154. Within a few hours, it had spread through at least 15 acres of brush.

Television reports showed a dense plume of grayish-white smoke above the steep hills and a line of flame snaking through a canyon.

Air tankers painted the flames with orange-red fire retardant, and firefighters armed with hoses made stands near homes.

Winds were light, and the fire showed little sign of spreading. However, the National Weather Service said gusts to 20 mph could hit later in the day.

“The fire is bumping up against some rock outcroppings … it’s basically running out of some of its fuel,” county fire Capt. David Sadecki told KABC-TV.

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