Holiday Fire in Goleta scorches 100 acres; 80 percent contained

- UPDATE: The fire that destroyed about 20 homes in Goleta and caused thousands of evacuations reached 80 percent containment Saturday.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County due to a wildfire that has burned several homes and prompted hundreds of evacuations in the Goleta area.

The 'Holiday Fire' has damaged or destroyed about 20 structures so far.

The wind-driven fire was first reported around 9 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Holiday Hill Road. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said a fire started at a home and then spread to nearby brush.

The fire quickly spread and within 45 minutes threatened homes in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Fairview Avenue, near Cathedral Oaks.

Nearly 2,500 people in the Cathedral Oaks neighborhood have been evacuated.

 

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