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Sherpa Wildfire Threatens Santa Barbara

A wildfire continued to advance near the coast of Santa Barbara early Friday as it ripped through 1,400 acres and forced homeowners to flee.

A fire crew takes shelter behind an engine as the Sherpa Fire advances at El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara, California, June 16, 2016. A wind-whipped wildfire continued to advance near the coast of Santa Barbara, California, early Friday as it ripped through some 1,400 acres and forced homeowners to flee, fire officials said. 

Ron Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

A firefighter battles flames from the Sherpa Fire, June 16.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

A sky crane helicopter makes a drop as the Sherpa Fire burns on the divider of Highway 101 at El Capitan State Beach, June 16.

Ron Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

The so-called "Sherpa Fire" burns in the hills near Santa Barbara, June 16.

MARIO ANZUONI / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

Fire crews are shown on scene for structure protection during the Sherpa Fire at El Capitan Ranch Campground, June 16.

Ron Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

A firefighter battles flames from the Sherpa Fire, June 16.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

Flames are shown from the Sherpa Fire in the hills above Santa Barbara, June 15.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

A Hotshots member from the U.S. Forest Department sets a back fire while battling the "Sherpa Fire", which has grown to over 1100 acres overnight, in the hills near Goleta, June 16.

MARIO ANZUONI / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

A Hotshots member from the U.S. Forest Department sets a back fire while battling the "Sherpa Fire" in the hills near Goleta, June 16.

MARIO ANZUONI / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

CalFire firefighters spray water on a controlled back fire while battling the "Sherpa Fire", June 16.

MARIO ANZUONI / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

A DC-10 aircraft drops fire retardant on the Sherpa Fire in the hills above Santa Barbara, June 15.

 

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters

Kimberly Yom and Trace Martin watch as smoke rises from the "Sherpa Fire" in the hills near Santa Barbara, June 16.

MARIO ANZUONI / Santa Barbara County Fire Department via Reuters