Hundreds of firefighters are battling Alisal Fire which has burned more than 54 sq km in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara. Officials say only 5 percent of it is contained.
Crews estimate the fire, which began on July 13 and destroyed a historic gold rush town and forced evacuation of thousands, will not finally be extinguished for two weeks.
The blaze destroyed an unknown number of structures and injured some civilians, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. John Gaddie.
Thousands of structures have been destroyed and remain under threat as the wildfires in California continue to grow. The fires have become the seventh-most destructive in state history.
Wildfires burned numerous structures and thousands of acres according to fire officials. On Thursday, wind-swept blazes engulfed retirement areas as well as racehorse stables in Southern California.
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