California Wildfires Prompt Evacuations Amid Heat Wave

Two wildfires burned in and near Santa Barbara County in California on Saturday, churning through acres of chaparral and trees and initially preventing campers from being moved to safety, authorities said.

Around 80 people at Circle V Ranch Camp were sheltered in place with fire personnel as the so-called Whitter Fire burned Saturday, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said.

The campers were later evacuated and reunited with their families, NBC affiliate KSBY reported. Two other camps were also evacuated when the fire broke out, and there were reports of structures, likely cabins, burned, the fire department said.




The so-called Whittier Fire burns in Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, California, on Saturday, July 8, 2017.