3. Wide of firefighter hosing down interior of burned house
4. Mid of firefighter hosing down exterior of burned house
5. Firefighter hosing down burned house, pan left
6. Fire engine next to house
7. Firefighters carrying hose
8. Firefighter attaching hose to spout, pull out
9. Aerial shot of fire raging, zoom in
10. Mid of flames
11. Mid shot helicopter spraying water on fire
12. Mid shot of flames, pull out
Goleta, California - 7 May 2009
13. Evacuees waiting in food serving line, pan right
14. Evacuees in serving line
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Kate Smith, Evacuee:
"This afternoon I discovered that they set up computers so that we can check our E-mail and write to our friends, I've got friends around the state that are calling 'cause they know that I'm in the fire area. And then this afternoon they were coming around with popsicles and strawberries and yoghurt, and I had a nurse check me out, because I don't have my meds."
16. Various of evacuees eating
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Pat Burkard, Red Cross Volunteer:
"I'm a volunteer with the Red Cross, I'm in health services, I'm a registered nurse, and yesterday after about 12 hours I had to leave to go home to be evacuated. At first it was an evacuation warning, and then I got the message that it was a mandatory evacuation, so I went home, loaded up my car with a few things and then came back to work."
Strong winds were pushing a fierce wildfire above the California coastal city of Santa Barbara closer to populated areas and forced thousands more to flee their homes.
The fire's increased strength prompted officials to expand mandatory evacuation orders late on Thursday to encompass about 6-thousand additional people, Santa Barbara's County Sheriff said.
That brings the total number of evacuated residents to about 18-thousand.
The blaze was approaching homes in the city's more populated, flat area which lies below the steep canyons.
Santa Barbara city fire spokesman Gary Pitney said flames had jumped Foothill Road, which divides the hilly terrain from the flatlands below, and ignited spot fires in brush surrounding houses.
Pitney said the fire also pushed west across state Route 134, the key thoroughfare between Santa Barbara and wine country to the north.
Officials opened a second evacuation shelter at the Recreation Center on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara to accommodate 900 additional evacuees.
All 190 beds were filled at the first shelter at a nearby high school in Goleta.
Officials say firefighters are facing extreme conditions with the fire burning in an area of heavy fuel and inaccessible terrain.
The seasonal wildfires that menace Santa Barbara roared to life earlier in the year than usual but with all-too-familiar ferocity, damaging or destroying 75 homes and forcing residents to flee.
The fire was just the latest to ravage the area known as the American Riviera, home to screen stars, former presidents and Oprah Winfrey.
By the end of Thursday, state officials said the fire grew from 1,300 acres (526 hectares) to 2,739 acres (1108 hectares) - roughly four square miles (6.4 square kilometres).
Firefighters were on alert for a predicted return of a "Sundowner" - fierce winds that late in the day can sweep down from the Santa Ynez Mountains towering close behind Santa Barbara.
The wind did kick up, but it blew from the ocean pushing the fire up into the mountains and away from homes.
The benignly named Jesusita Fire was a slumbering day-old brush fire on rugged slopes above the city when a Sundowner hit at midafternoon Wednesday, hurling towering flames into homes and spitting embers into more distant neighbourhoods.
Some 4,715 homes remained evacuated, and another 12-thousand people in 5,200 homes were advised to be ready to leave, according to city and county estimates.
About 2,300 firefighters from many departments were on the lines, aided by aircraft. The fire was just 10 percent contained.
Authorities reported 10 firefighters injured, including three who sheltered in a house during a firestorm. They were in good condition at a Los Angeles burn centre but two faced surgery.
Other injuries ranged from smoke inhalation to ankle sprains.