2 homes damaged but no injuries in Santa Barbara brushfire

Wildfire Watch

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Hard work by firefighters and a decrease in winds stopped the spread of a brushfire that triggered evacuations in the city of Santa Barbara, authorities said Friday.

The fire erupted around 9 p.m. Thursday in a westside neighborhood and damaged two homes but there were no injuries, said Mike Eliason, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Winds of 10 mph to 20 mph (16 kph to 32 kph), with some gusts to 50 mph (80 kph), pushed flames uphill through a mixture of brush, grass and palm trees.

At daylight, smoke wafted from the 10 acres (4 hectares) of scorched earth as firefighters mopped up hot spots.

The fire began on a very steep slope in an area known as TV Hill and its spread was driven by topography and wind, Eliason said.

Forward movement of the flames was finally stopped and evacuation orders were lifted around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

The fire’s cause remained under investigation.

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