According to the latest news, the wildfire near Santa Barbara has destroyed at least 80 homes and scorched 3,500 hectares since the fire broke out Tuesday. It has damaged 22 others, cost $9 million to fight, injured 28 firefighters and forced the evacuation of approximately 30,000 people to safer ground.
By early Monday, only about 370 people remained evacuated from 145 homes.
The 13-square-mile blaze was 65 percent surrounded early Monday after several days of cool, calm weather. Gusty winds that caused it to explode last week could return Tuesday but not as fiercely.
Officials said Sunday the blaze was apparently was caused by someone using a power tool to clear brush last Tuesday on private land near the Jesusita Trail and sought public help in identifying the culprit.
Lates MODIS image
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite captured this image on 8 May 2009