Wildfire destroys 100 homes in So Cal | NevadaAppeal.com

Wildfire destroys 100 homes in So Cal

The Associated Press

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. ” A Santa Barbara County official says a wind-driven wildfire in the upscale community of Montecito has burned at least 100 homes.

Nicole Koon of the Santa Barbara County emergency operations center says the fire has grown up to 2,500 acres early Friday.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. Thursday and was quickly fanned by winds gusting up to 70 mph. Koon says it has destroyed “100 plus” homes and parts of Westmont College, including several academic buildings and a dormitory.

About 5,400 residents have been evacuated.