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Santa Barbara fire: 'This is not a normal day'

May 7, 2009 |  9:31 am

The Jesusita fire near Santa Barbara is moving west from Mission Canyon to Barger Canyon, said Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

"This is not a normal day in Santa Barbara," Sadecki said. "If you are under an evacuation order, you need to go."

Sadecki said 12 airplanes and helicopters are battling the flames from the air. The number of structures destroyed is still unknown, but officials said at least 20 have burned to the ground.

Ten firefighters have suffered injuries, most of them minor, Sadecki said. A total of 13,575 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, and 13,000 more are under recommended evacuation.

-- Ann M. Simmons


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