Fire at California campsite forces evacuation of 50 homes

By REUTERS
May 28, 2013 06:27

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A wind-whipped fire engulfed 700 acres (285 hectares) of forest in California's Santa Barbara County on Monday, forcing the evacuation of holiday weekend campers and nearby residents, a fire official said.

Flames broke out in the White Rock camping area of Los Padres National Forest about 2:40 p.m. local time and the blaze spread quickly toward 50 homes in nearby Paradise Canyon, said Captain David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

"It's being pushed by a westerly wind that's so strong we can't get our six air tankers off the ground," Sadecki said, noting the tankers were used to drop flame retardant.

Four helicopters that dump water on hot spots were able to withstand the winds and were being used to fight the fire, he said.

About 1,000 people were evacuated from the recreational area, and about 50 to 75 people from nearby homes remained displaced because of the encroaching fire, Sadecki said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 14, 2018
Two pipe bombs thrown at Rachel’s Tomb

By TOVAH LAZAROFF