Wildfire began in the Los Padres National Forest
Global News – Fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above the Californian city of Santa Barbara early on Tuesday, forcing residents to leave their homes, authorities said.
Santa Barbara County declared a local emergency at 10:30 p.m. on Monday night after a fire broke out in Los Padres National Forest at about 4:15 p.m.
The flames spread quickly to cover about 3,000 acres by the evening and have not yet been contained, Santa Barbara County said in a statement.
The blaze, dubbed the “Cave Fire” started near East Camino Cielo and Painted Cave Road in the forest.
“The Cave Fire is advancing toward major population areas in the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta,” the statement said.