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Fast-moving California wildfire forces evacuation of thousands

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Smoke from the wildfire at California’s Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara.

A rapidly-moving US wildfire in State of California’s Santa Barbara County has so far forced over 1,000 travelers and campers to evacuate Los Padres National Forest, cutting short their Memorial Day holiday visits.

Thousands of residents were also advises to escape the wildfire, which flared up in the mountains about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara on Monday afternoon and quickly grew to over 1,000 acres by evening hours.

No injuries have yet been reported during the evacuations and according to a US Forest Service spokesman no houses have caught on fire in the affected region so far.

The official further added that residents were expected to be able to return home late Monday after the fire burned through the area.

Meanwhile, the fire has reportedly forced the closure of Paradise Road, which runs up a valley with numerous campsites in the popular recreational spot.

Firefighters from a number of nearby counties were dispatched to the affected area, along with four water-tanker airplanes and two helicopters.


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