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Fire officials say the Jesusita Fire has burned 2,739 acres.

As of 7 p.m., 75 homes had been destroyed or damaged.

There are 1,400 personnel assigned to the fire, with 177 engines, 10 air tankers and 14 helicopters. MoreĽ


Just as fixed-wing air attacks on the Jesusita Fire are set to end for the day, flames are whipping up, creating havoc for people outside the mandatory evacuation zone.

A California Highway Patrol officer was going door-to-door on Northridge Road, just inside Santa Barbara city limits, telling residents to leave. MoreĽ


Former Santa Barbara resident Katy Perry has rescheduled her upcoming concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl as a result of the Jesusita Fire.

The concert was to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday; the new time and date is 7 p.m. Aug. 30. MoreĽ


Fire officials this afternoon said the Jesusita Fire could grow in size to more than 2,000 acres.

As of 5 p.m., 3,500 homes and 100 commercial structures were threatened. MoreĽ


Gov. Schwarzenegger today commended Santa Barbara County residents for their resilience in dealing with yet another destructive wildfire -- the Jesusita Fire -- and he paid tribute to firefighters from across the state for their efforts in battling the blaze, which as of today has increased to 1,300 acres. MoreĽ


The Santa Barbara Symphony has released the following statement:

Due to the extreme emergency in downtown Santa Barbara and surrounding areas, the Symphony's benefit concert, originally scheduled for tonight at the Lobero Theater, has been postponed until further notice. MoreĽ


The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District has announced that some MTD bus routes may be detoured as a result of the Jesusita Fire. MoreĽ


While their neighbors in Santa Barbara are battling the Jesusita Fire, the Carpinteria and Montecito water districts are lending a hand by asking their customers to conserve water. MoreĽ


As of this morning, more than 300 animals have been displaced by the Jesusita Fire -- and now officials are seeking donations to ensure some of those critters have what they need to get through this traumatic time. MoreĽ


Gov. Schwarzenegger today commended Santa Barbara County residents for their resilience in dealing with yet another destructive wildfire -- the Jesusita Fire -- and he paid tribute to firefighters from across the state for their efforts in battling the blaze, which as of today has increased to 1,300 acres. MoreĽ


The Santa Barbara Conference & Visitor Bureau's annual tourism luncheon scheduled today at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club in Montecito was canceled because of the Jesusita Fire. MoreĽ


To help people deal with ash and soot blowing into town from the Jesusita Fire, Direct Relief International will be distributing N95 respirator masks from noon to 3 p.m. today at Loreto Plaza, State Street and Las Positas Road, and at Lazy Acres Market, 302 Meigs Road, in Santa Barbara. MoreĽ


To help people deal with ash and soot blowing into town from the Jesusita Fire, Direct Relief International will be distributing N95 respirator masks from noon to 3 p.m. today at Loreto Plaza, State Street and Las Positas Road, and at Lazy Acres Market, 302 Meigs Road, in Santa Barbara. MoreĽ


As of Thursday morning, the Jesusita Fire had grown to 1,300 acres. Authorities have not given an official count of homes lost. More than 13,500 people are under a mandatory evacuation and another 13,000 are under an evacuation warning. MoreĽ


Gov. Schwarzenegger has proclaimed a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County because of the Jesusita Fire, which has burned more than 400 acres, destroyed more than a dozen homes and caused the evacuation of over 8,000 people. MoreĽ


All Santa Barbara City College classes scheduled for 5 p.m. and later today have been cancelled because of the Jesusita Fire.


The power grid serving the Mission Canyon area could be turned off to prevent damage from power lines that are reportedly coming down in the area.

Wires were reported down at Linden and Meadow View, in the Carpinteria area. MoreĽ


Thick smoke from the Jesusita Fire started blowing toward downtown Santa Barbara about 2:30 p.m. today, a sign that sundowner winds have returned to the fire zone.

Santa Barbara fire Department spokesman John Ahlman said the wind came as no surprise. MoreĽ


Two shows later this week by comedian Lily Tomlin have been rescheduled because of the Jesusita Fire.

Ms. Tomlin was to perform 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lobero Theatre. The shows were postponed, according to promoters, because of the fire "and the current state of emergency."

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An air quality warning from the county Public Health Department and Air Pollution Control District continues today as a result of the Jesusita Fire.

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A firefighter on the Jesusita Fire reportedly suffered a head injury today.

Details were not yet available, but at 11:40 a.m., paramedics were called to Tunnel Road and Spyglass Ridge Road on reports of a head injury. MoreĽ


The closure of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History because of the Jesusita Fire means all programs and community meetings have been postponed or cancelled today. This includes City College astronomy classes, Butterfly Crew volunteer training, student internships, school field trips and all clubs that use the museum's auditorium or halls for their meetings.

Museum officials urge organizers of events and meetings to check the museum's Web site first to see if the museum is closed. MoreĽ


Santa Barbara's interim fire chief said today the resources are in place to fight the Jesusita Fire, putting crews "ahead of the power curve."

"But I have to balance that out with the potential that's still there," said Andrew DiMizio. MoreĽ


Thousands of people were ordered from their homes Tuesday as a wind-driven fire burned in heavy vegetation in the foothills above Santa Barbara.

The Jesusita Fire started about 1:30 p.m. not far from the William B. Cater Water Treatment Plant at 1150 San Roque Road. MoreĽ


The cause of Jesusita Fire is under investigation and authorities are seeking the public's help.

Anyone with information about the fire should call the county's anonymous tip line at 686-5074. MoreĽ


Firefighters took advantage of cooler, calmer winds late Tuesday to mount an aggressive air attack against a menacing wildfire in the foothills above Santa Barbara.

Using the Santa Barbara Junior High School field as a refilling -- and refueling -- area, helicopters from Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County Fire were making water drops every minute or so on the 420-acre Jesusita Fire. MoreĽ


The Jesusita Fire has resulted in the following school closures today

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Three helicopters and two retardant-dropping planes were helping to battle a 420-acre blaze called the Jesusita Fire, burning in the foothills above Santa Barbara.

At 4 p.m., a mandatory evacuation went into effect for the area north of Highway 192 (Foothill Road) from Morada Lane and Ontare Road to El Cielito/Gibraltar Road to East Camino Cielo. MoreĽ


The following schools will be closed on Wednesday because of the Jesusita Fire: MoreĽ


Speaking at a press conference tonight at the William B. Cater Water Treatment Plant, Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Tom Franklin said it's anyone's guess what the wind-driven Jesusita Fire will do.

The main area of concern for firefighters is Mission Canyon. MoreĽ


Thousands of people were ordered from their homes Tuesday by a fire that burned in heavy vegetation in the foothills above Santa Barbara.

The Jesusita Fire started at about 1:30 p.m. not far from the William B. Cater Water Treatment Plant at 1150 San Roque Road. MoreĽ


A Red Cross Shelter is open at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.

By 7:30 p.m., the shelter was moving to Dos Pueblos High School, 7266 Alameda Ave. MoreĽ


Traffic control points have been set up along Highway 192 (Foothill Road/Mountain Drive/Mission Ridge Road/Stanwood Drive) at: MoreĽ


The Santa Barbara County director of emergency services proclaimed a local emergency as of 5:40 p.m. as a result of the Jesusita Fire.


At 4 p.m., a mandatory evacuation went into effect for the area north of Highway 192 (Foothill Road) from Morada Lane and Ontare Road to El Cielito/Gibraltar Road to East Camino Cielo.


A crossing guard for Roosevelt Elementary School was struck but escaped injury this afternoon at East Mission and Laguna streets. MoreĽ


The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History closed at 2 this afternoon because of the brush fire in San Roque Canyon near Tunnel Road. MoreĽ


A wind advisory went into effect at 3 p.m. for the South Coast and mountains of Santa Barbara County.
Gusts to 50 mph are possible with the strongest winds in the passes and canyons. MoreĽ
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