This map shows where the Lake Fire is burning in Santa Barbara County – Whittier Daily News
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This map shows where the Lake Fire is burning in Santa Barbara County – Whittier Daily News

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The Lake Fire, burning in the mountainous Santa Barbara County region, has become the largest wildfire of the season in California.

As of Monday morning, the fire was 20,320 acres (31.7 square miles) and 8% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

That toll surpassed the Sites fire that burned 19,195 acres in Colusa County last month.

An evacuation order for the Lake Fire was expanded Sunday evening to cover an area of ​​about 50 square miles.

The map above shows the approximate fire perimeter as a black line and evacuation zones in red. For more details on evacuations and the latest updates, see the Santa Barbara County Emergency Map.

The fire broke out around 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, near Zaca Lake in the Los Padres National Forest. The cause is under investigation.

The western edge of the fire was within a mile of Michael Jackson’s former Neverland Ranch and several famous wineries in the Foxen Canyon area.

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