Santa Barbara

Homes evacuated as fire burns near Santa Barbara *

santa barbara fire

Mandatory evacuations as a wildfire races through the Santa Barbara area, tears through Montecito. Winds gusting to 50-plus mph. Power out in parts of the city. Stories from LA Times,, KTLA, Santa Ynez Valley News. Lots of action on Twitter, too.

* UPDATE 9 p.m.: More than 500 acres burned and scores of homes and buildings destroyed in what has now been named the Tea fire. No word yet on injuries. KCal 9 is live on the fire right now, and streaming video online.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Green Heat / Flickr (Via Creative Commons license)

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