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Fast-moving fire threatens Santa Barbara County

A man photographs flames with a smart phone at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. Wind-driven flames raced down wooded hillsides toward Santa Barbara, California, sending around 5,500 residents fleeing as firefighters battled to save homes before expected relief from rain.  


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A man photographs flames with a smart phone at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. Wind-driven flames raced down wooded hillsides toward Santa Barbara, California, sending around 5,500...more

A man photographs flames with a smart phone at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. Wind-driven flames raced down wooded hillsides toward Santa Barbara, California, sending around 5,500 residents fleeing as firefighters battled to save homes before expected relief from rain. REUTERS/David McNew
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A whirlwind of hot ash and embers moves through a wildfire, dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A whirlwind of hot ash and embers moves through a wildfire, dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A whirlwind of hot ash and embers moves through a wildfire, dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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Flames grow at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Flames grow at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Flames grow at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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An inmate hand crew, wearing orange, uses chain saws and hand tools to cut a line through vegetation that is reddened by fire retardant on one side and charred by fire on the other at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

An inmate hand crew, wearing orange, uses chain saws and hand tools to cut a line through vegetation that is reddened by fire retardant on one side and charred by fire on the other at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa...more

An inmate hand crew, wearing orange, uses chain saws and hand tools to cut a line through vegetation that is reddened by fire retardant on one side and charred by fire on the other at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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An air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

An air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

An air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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A wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burns in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. 

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A wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burns in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burns in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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A charred landscape is left by a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A charred landscape is left by a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A charred landscape is left by a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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A man rushes to move his van as flames approach from a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A man rushes to move his van as flames approach from a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A man rushes to move his van as flames approach from a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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Firefighters watch approaching flames at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters watch approaching flames at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters watch approaching flames at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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A lizard that appears to have survived the fire under dirt emerges at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A lizard that appears to have survived the fire under dirt emerges at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

A lizard that appears to have survived the fire under dirt emerges at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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A bulldozer works at the scene of the Cave fire in Los Padres National Forest near East Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

A bulldozer works at the scene of the Cave fire in Los Padres National Forest near East Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

A bulldozer works at the scene of the Cave fire in Los Padres National Forest near East Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
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The sun rises over a smoldering landscape that was burned by a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

The sun rises over a smoldering landscape that was burned by a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

The sun rises over a smoldering landscape that was burned by a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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Embers rise during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26.  
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Embers rise during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Embers rise during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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Santa Barbara City firefighter Erik Adair battles flames near a home off Cieneguitas Rd in Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Santa Barbara City firefighter Erik Adair battles flames near a home off Cieneguitas Rd in Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Santa Barbara City firefighter Erik Adair battles flames near a home off Cieneguitas Rd in Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
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Embers blow from a burned tree during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Embers blow from a burned tree during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Embers blow from a burned tree during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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Firefighters battle a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters battle a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters battle a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew
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A firefighting DC10 aircraft known as 10 Tanker Air Carrier drops fire retardant near mountain homes at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

A firefighting DC10 aircraft known as 10 Tanker Air Carrier drops fire retardant near mountain homes at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew

A firefighting DC10 aircraft known as 10 Tanker Air Carrier drops fire retardant near mountain homes at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew
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Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25.  Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
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Firefighters are enveloped in heavy smoke as they combat a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26.   REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters are enveloped in heavy smoke as they combat a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters are enveloped in heavy smoke as they combat a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25.    Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department
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A helicopter battles flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25.   
 
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A helicopter battles flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

A helicopter battles flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
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Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25.  Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS

Firefighters battle flames off Highway 154 north of Santa Barbara, California, November 25. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
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Flames dwarf a telephone pole during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26.   REUTERS/David McNew

Flames dwarf a telephone pole during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew

Flames dwarf a telephone pole during a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, November 26. REUTERS/David McNew
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