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California hit by wildfires.

Summary: More than 8,000 people have been told to leave their homes in California as wildfires sweep towards residential areas.

More than 8,000 people have been told to leave their homes in California as wildfires sweep towards residential areas.

State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County after high winds blew the wildfire into towards homes, forcing residents to flee as columns of smoke rose from the scenic coastal enclave.

Mr Schwarzenegger said he had asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue an assistance grant to ensure financial resources are available for firefighting.

TV news helicopters showed homes ablaze but the number could not be immediately determined because of thick smoke.

An official from the Santa Barbara County fire department said the fire was moving rapidly and was being whipped by up to 50mph gusts.

Santa Barbara City Fire Department Chief Pat McElroy said emergency crews were on the front lines but having trouble reaching some of the blazes due to the "very very steep terrain and very high temperatures."

Resident Jerry Morosin said he had refused to evacuate his home, having experienced wildfires before.

"We've been in fires before. This is not our first rodeo so we've seen this before. It didn't seem to be threatening," he said.

Authorities had warned earlier evacuees not to try to return to their homes because of a forecast for a return of strong winds.

Santa Barbara, a tourist destination of more than 400,000 residents, is subject to strong winds that blow through passes and canyons of the mountain range and offshore.

Less than six months ago a fire destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighbouring Montecito.

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