‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

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Firefighters on Saturday were battling a destructive fire that snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several blazes that destroyed homes amid a record-setting heat wave in Southern California.

Fire personnel spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night amid 100-degree temperatures and dangerous “sundowner” winds that made the blaze impossible to control.

Santa Barbara County said 20 structures had burned and 2,000 people were evacuated. The fire had burned 50 to 80 acres and was 5% contained, officials said at a morning briefing. No injuries were reported.

The county issued a local emergency declaration, saying the fire “is causing conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons.”

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