Crews fully contain Santa Barbara fire
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have fully contained the nearly 2-week-old Santa Barbara wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
announced the containment Monday. The fire broke out May 5 and
burned more than 8,700 acres, forcing some 30,000 residents to
evacuate. The blaze destroyed 80 homes, damaged 15 others and
injured 28 firefighters.
Sparks from a power tool being used to clear brush are suspected of igniting the fire above Santa Barbara. The blaze exploded a day later when sundowner winds kicked up.
State fire officials estimate the firefighting cost at $20