Southern California town, Montecito, sees 100 homes destroyed by fire!

November 14, 2008, Montecite, CA (–Breaking news–Southern California community of Monticeto awoke to a massive blaze early this morning. The California town near Santa Barbara awoke this morning to find at least 100 homes destroyed by fire. Flames began ripping through multimillion-dollar mansions Thursday evening and are continuing today. Montecito fire department officials reported the blaze was out of control early this morning.

Montecito firefighters continue to battle the fast-moving blaze with dozens of water dropping helicopters. The choppers took flight again at dawn after being grounded overnight by high winds and heavy smoke. The fast moving winds spread heavy smoke into downtown Santa Barbara. The fire, which broke out around 6 p.m. Thursday evening, spread to over 2,500 acres. The out of control blaze has already destroyed homes and several buildings on the campus of Westmont College. Four people were injured and about 5,400 of the community’s 14,000 residents have been evacuated with more being forced to flee today.

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