Massive fire, east of Santa Maria, closes Highway 166

The flames from the wall fire were moving fast burning up 1,000 acres of dry brush and destroying at least 10 structures in Butte County. Sending people and their pets down the hill in a frenzy

"The aircraft will be hitting it hard". Moreover, four bulldozers, 10 hand crews, and five water tankers were also rushed to the scene., the report added.

"That's the priority today", Capt. Dave Zaniboni said.

The nearby Whittier Fire, now the third-largest wildfire, barreled over more than 5,000 acres and engulfed Los Padres National Forest.

About 90 children and 50 summer camp counsellors found themselves stuck at one ranch, and had to take shelter there until they could be safely evacuated.

The blaze, which started earlier in July, initially affected Santa Barbara county.

Correction on Whittier Fire evacuations.

Also, Paradise Road from Hwy. People with special needs should evacuate now. If you have large animals to evacuate, contact the hotline: (805) 681-4332.

The Wall fire was only 5 percent contained late Saturday, and a second, smaller fire erupted Saturday afternoon in Yuba County 6 miles east of Olivehurst. It was burning near Highway 166 and was being pushed by winds.

The blaze, which is close to Los Padres National Forest, is burning on both sides of highway 154 near the San Marcos Pass.

The area burning was about 16 kilometres south of Oroville, where spillways in the nation's tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream.

Anyone in the area should be gathering family members, pets, important documents and irreplaceable items and be prepared to leave.

Please do not call 911 or even our non-emergency line if you do not have a critical issue that cannot wait. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Dept/Handout via REUTERS.

"As far as other people were in danger of losing their homes, I mean we're, we're kind of lucky", Horning told KSBY.

Updates will be posted. Lake Cachuma campgrounds are under full mandatory evacuation as well. There have been reports of structures lost in at least one of the camps and vehicles burned.

As of 7 a.m. Saturday it was at 10% containment.

Evacuations orders affected almost 300 homes.

"It's a big fire and very unpredictable right now with the weather conditions, the heat, the wind, and we'll keep our fingers crossed that the fire service will be able to contain this", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, as cited by NBC news.

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