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California Fire burns down homes

CNN.com and the Star Tribune reported on the brush fire that got out of control in Santa Barbara County on Friday. CNN said nearly 150 homes were damaged or destroyed, 1,500 acres were charred and at least one death has occurred as a result of the fire. The place of origin is said to be the Tea Garden Estate and it has now destroyed a monastery, multimillion-dollar mansions and more than 5,500 people were forced to evacuate. A 98-year-old man who was evacuated died, it is yet to be said if the evacuation caused his death. The cause has not been determined yet but investigators are looking into it. Celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas, and Rob Lowe had homes in this area and were affected by the fire. More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze. Between winds, high temperatures and low humidity make fighting the fire difficult.

The Star Tribune said at least 13 people were injured. They also add the fire started at about 6 p.m. Thursday.