Wildfire burning out of control in Santa Barbara, California – Fire in New Mexico destroys 24 homes

Two intense wildfires are currently burning out of control in Santa Barbara, California and New Mexico.

24 houses destroyed in New Mexico while firefighters are concerned about 60 homes in Refugio Canyon and 80 homes in El Capitan Ranch.

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The state of emergency has been declared as residents of Chilili, Mercid, Escobosa and Yrisarri have been evacuated.

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At least 24 houses have been destroyed. Other homes may also be immediately threatened by the fire.

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Several roads have also been closed in the area and shelters have been set up in surrounding communities.

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Meanwhile, hundreds of firefighters are working to contain the Sherpa fire burning in Southern Santa Barbara County in California.

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The fire is still burning out of control and has already destroyed 1,400 acres of forest.

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One of California’s major north-south highways was shot down from 8:30 p.m. Thursday until it was reopened shortly before dawn Friday.

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The blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon and has been churning through vegetation that hasn’t burned in decades.

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Officials are trying to determine the cause of both fires.

Despite vigorous fire activity, there have been no injuries and no loss of homes.

Wildfires continue to burn near Santa Barbara, in New Mexico and Wildfire in Santa Barbara County Grows to 1,400 Acres; Evacuations in Effect; 101 Freeway Closed

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