Santa Barbara Jesusita fire under control, but 1200 evacuated
Firefighters worked through the night, dropping water from helicopters and battling the blaze on the ground, to hold back the California wildfires that forced the evacuation of 1,200 homes. About 2,000 homes were in danger of being caught in the blaze that started north of Santa Barbara.
"Things are pretty stable from where they were last night," Santa Barbara County fire spokeswoman Pat Wheatley said.
According to the National Weather Service however, winds are expected to pick up later today so that could mean the fires could get worse again. 196 acres of brush have been burned already, and although no buildings have been lost, some are very close to being burned.
Today, water dropping airplanes are also helping out with the fire fighting process and evacuations all took place within a 2 and a half miles radius of the outside of the fire. Five schools in the area are closed today.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this point.
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