Crews Battling Blazes in Southern California

A wildfire burning near Santa Barbara roared down the mountainside toward the Pacific Ocean. The movement of the fire closed major highways and forced firefighters to seek shelter from the dangerous flames. The blaze, dubbed as the Sherpa Fire, was only 20% contained as of recent reports and covered nearly 6,000 acres.

The fire threatened at least 270 homes and destroyed an entire water plant. Evacuations had been ordered in many areas with residents being given no choice but to flee.

The U.S. Forest Service has fought more than 1,800 wildfires this year. It was predicted that this would be a dangerous year for wildfires because of the state’s history of recent droughts. El Nino was kind to the northern part of the state, but the southern portion of the state was skipped. Area at the bottom of the Santa Ynez Mountains were considered to be most at risk.

Firefighters on the ground are being assisted by responders in the air. How long it will take to completely extinguish the fire is unknown.

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