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Wildfire Burns 1,800 Acres in Santa Barbara; 10% Contained

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of firefighters on Tuesday continued to battle a fast-moving brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

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White Fire burns in Santa Barbara County

The so-called White Fire has burned 1,800 acres and was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

It was threatening about 100 structures, including 50 residences, Forest Service officials said.

The blaze broke out around 2:45 p.m. Monday near the White Rock camping area in Red Rock Canyon in the Los Padres National Forest, about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara.

More than 1,000 campers and 4,000 residents were ordered to evacuate before the fire changed course and headed toward unpopulated terrain, officials said.

Highway 154, Paradise Road and other trails in the forest were closed.

Some 563 personnel were assigned to the fire on Tuesday, aided by more than a dozen aircraft.

The fire was still well within the Los Padres National Forest and was burning in an easterly direction along the Santa Ynez River, authorities said.

No homes have been damaged or destroyed, and no injuries were reported.

The fire went through Sage Hill Campground but the damage was not immediately known.

The fire also swept through a Forest Service outpost, damaging a building and one privately owned vehicle and destroying another vehicle, according to the agency.

Winds were expected to increase to 25 to 40 mph Tuesday afternoon, with gusts up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

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