20 homes burn in Santa Barbara on warm night

Driving home tonight from Downtown, the air grew freakishly warmer the closer we got to the beach. Ninety miles north in Santa Barbara, high winds kicked up Tuesday's wildfire to claim at least 20 homes. The Santa Barbara Independent's reporters are tracking the flames from canyon to canyon and say that as of 8 p.m., the Jesusita Fire was "blowing east toward Rattlesnake Canyon and the foothills above Montecito....much of the mountainside that frames Santa Barbara remains ablaze." Flames have charred part of the city's botanical garden and three injured firefighters are at the Grossman Burn Center here in Sherman Oaks. SB Independent coverage/bulletin board, LAT, Ventura County Star, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, SB County Fire, Jonathan Alcorn photos

Trend: Approaching 11 p.m. it's still 84 here in downtown Mar Vista. The high here before 4 p.m. when the Santa Anas reached the Westside was probably 78 or so.

Photo from Santa Barbara: Jonathan Alcorn

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