Wildfires trap chil­dren at sum­mer camp

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - — Associated Press

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.

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