SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Barbara County has issued new evacuation orders as a huge wildfire bears down on Montecito - home to Oprah Winfrey and many other celebrities.
The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as winds pushed the fire close to the community, a wealthy enclave that's home to Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities.
The mandatory evacuation zone is now 17 miles long and up to 5 miles wide, extending from coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles to the ocean.
Winds in the foothill area are hitting around 30 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.
Saturday is the 13th day that the Weather Service has declared a red flag warning of extreme fire danger because of dry, gusty conditions.
The fire that began on Dec. 4 is already the third-largest in California history. It has destroyed more than 700 homes and killed a firefighter.
A firefighter was killed Thursday battling a wildfire northwest of Los Angeles died from burns and smoke inhalation. The 32-year-old state fire engineer was killed Thursday at the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
That blaze also was blamed for the death last week of a 70-year-old woman who died in a car crash on an evacuation route.