Rural homes and farms threatened by fire in mountainous southern California

SANTA BARBARA (USA), Oct 14 (AP) A major highway was closed on Wednesday as wildfires threatened farms and rural homes in southern California’s coastal mountains, officials said. A fresh round of dry winds are also expected to spread the flames further.

The fire at Alisal has spread to more than 22 square miles (57 square kilometers) in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara, and more than 1,300 firefighters are there. Only five percent of the fire has been brought under control so far.

Officials said several houses, farms and buildings were in danger due to the fire. Firefighters are working to save the giant ranch Rancho del Cielo. Flames engulfed about 688 acres (278-hectare) of farmland.

Jessica Jensen, vice president and chief of staff of the Young America Foundation, said the fire was about half a mile (0.8 kilometers) from the Reagan Ranch area on Wednesday morning, according to information from farm workers. “Thankfully the fire hasn’t reached the actual Reagan Ranch area,” he said. This area is still in a very safe condition.

According to the Foundation, there has not been a fire here since 1955.

According to the California Department of Forest and Fire Protection, this year’s wildfires in California have covered an area of ​​about 3,900 square miles (10,101 square kilometers) and damaged more than 3,600 homes, commercial and other structures.

AP Niharika Mansi



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