Santa Barbara-Area Homeowners Forced to Flee Growing Sherpa Wildfire | NBC News

A wind-whipped wildfire was advancing near the coast of Santa Barbara, California, Friday as it ripped through some 4,000 acres — more than doubling overnight — and forced homeowners to flee, fire officials said.

About 140 homes and ranches were at risk in the coastal canyons of an area that hasn’t seen such a dramatic burn in 60 years.

An estimated 1,200 firefighters were battling the blaze Friday morning, and were able to contain about 5 percent of it, according to Cal Fire.

Hundreds of homeowners were being called to evacuate late Thursday in the communities of El Capitan, Refugio, Venadito and Las Flores canyons, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said.

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