Wildfires trap children at summer camp
A pair of Santa Barbara County wildfires quickly spread Saturday, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing evacuations at a summer camp where flames temporarily trapped children and counselors, a fire official said.
The fire that started in the afternoon had spread “completely out of control,” county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. About 90 children and 50 counselors were stuck at the Circle V Ranch until they could be safely evacuated.
The fire was one of three in the state that grew quickly as much of California baked in scorching heat. A record in Los Angeles was snapped when the temperature spiked at 98 degrees downtown. The previous record of 95 degrees was set in 1886, the National Weather Service said.
Heat and dry gusts tripled the size of another Santa Barbara wildfire to nearly 30 square miles and forced evacuations of about 200 homes, a fire spokesman said.
In Northern California, a Butte County wildfire destroyed 10 structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries.