A wildfire in California's Santa Barbara County grew by another 700 acres in addition to 10,000 acres already charred as teams of exhausted firefighters continued to battle the fast-moving blaze. The Gap fire is a priority among the 1,781 blazes which have raged in the state over the last two weeks, reports the Los Angeles Times.
"This is still a gorilla," said an operations manager. "We have a lot of work to do on it and a lot of bad country to work in. It's just one step at a time. The bigger concern is how early this season started in California." Officials are particularly concerned about a central coast heat wave expected to strike tomorrow.