DISASTER ZONE

Fire Roars Through California

What started as a small brush fire has exploded in Southern California, forcing at least 30,000 people to flee as the out-of-control blaze advances on Santa Barbara and two other communities. About 75 homes have been lost since the fire spread into the enclaves of multi-million dollar mansions. Another 3,500 homes stand in the path of the fire, but luckily there are no civilian casualties. "Literally, last night, all hell broke loose," city Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio said. "We saw the fire spread laterally across the top of the city and the fire front extend to almost 5 miles now." This is the fourth fire in two years to plague the affluent Santa Barbara area.