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Oprah and other celebs have homes near Montecito fire. . .

November 14, 2008


A wind-driven brush fire roaring through the canyons of Santa Barbara County has burned more than 100 homes, injured 13 people and charred more than 2,500 acres, a county spokeswoman said.

Michelle Mickiewicz said residents of more than 4,500 homes were ordered to evacuate as flames from the Tea Fire engulfed multimillion-dollar mansions and modest ranch-style homes north of Los Angeles. The blaze began Thursday evening.

Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe are some of the celebrities with homes in the upscale, oceanside enclave of Montecito. It was not known if any celebrities’ homes have been damaged.

Large homes continued to burn Friday morning, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County.

The fire threatened roughly 1,500 homes, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

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