Fast-moving fire burns in Santa Barbara County

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ORCUTT, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say they’re going door to door to order the evacuation of hundreds of homes as a wind-fanned vegetation fire threatens structures in northern Santa Barbara County.

County fire spokesman David Sadecki says the fire has burned between 50 to 75 acres of brush, and forward motion has stopped on the flames that first broke out around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff’s officials say they’ve issued mandatory evacuation orders to nearly 600 residents via reverse 911 calls, for those who live south of Rice Ranch Road and Stubblefield Road. Another 925 residents are being evacuated as a precaution.

KEYT-TV reports the fire broke out at Rice Ranch in Orcutt, and is being fanned by wind gusts of nearly 30 mph.

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