White Fire fight continues near Santa Barbara

May 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Air tankers are expected to resume their attack on a wildfire that sent thousands of campers fleeing the mountains near Santa Barbara.

Three Hot Shot crews, a strike team of engines, and a water tender team from the Sierra National Forest will lend a hand in getting the fire under control.

The 1,800-acre blaze was 10 percent contained early Tuesday, and witnesses say it's moving away from populated areas.

Winds are expected to be 10 to 20 mph.

The fire broke out Monday afternoon in Los Padres National Forest about 15 miles north of Santa Barbara. At its peak it threatened about 50 homes, mainly cabins and vacation rentals.

Authorities also evacuated an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Memorial Day campers.

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White Fire Information

Total Personnel: 276

Size: 1,800 acres

Percent Contained: 10%

Estimated Containment Date: Monday June 03rd, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved: Chaparral, grass, brush and trees

Fire Behavior: Extreme, wind driven with half a mile spotting.

Significant Events: Highway 154, Paradise Road and multiple trails were closed. Campgrounds and day use areas were evacuated.

Resources currently assigned to the fire include: 8 crews, 28 engines, 4 dozers, 4 water tenders, 3 patrols and 22 overhead.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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