Mandatory evacuations were ordered Tuesday for 1,200 homes and businesses near Lompoc, Calif., as a wind-driven brush fire swelled to 700 acres.
Residents in the San Miguelito Canyon area were asked to evacuate as their homes were threatened by flames moving rapidly toward Lompoc, said Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The fire was reported about 1:34 p.m. in the 2500 block of Miguelito Canyon Road. Fire strike teams and helicopters were used to battle the blaze in 15 mph winds.
County firefighters ordered eight air tankers for additional support.