SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - That California wildfire apparently sparked by a brush-clearing power tool is now 65 percent contained and evacuees from all but 500 homes have been allowed to return.
Residents grateful to see their homes still standing have paid tribute to the firefighters by tooting car horns and posting large
thank-you signs on their front lawns.
One retired University of California, Santa Barbara, chemistry professor says he and his wife rode out the worst of the firestorm from a five-by-seven-foot concrete bunker he built to store
The fire has destroyed 77 homes in the Santa Barbara area and damaged 22 others. It had forced the evacuation of about 30,000 people to safer ground.
Thousands of firefighters are working to contain as much of the blaze as they can before the return of hot, dry winds as early as