Battle against 1,500-acre Tea Fire rages on – Blaze has damaged or destroyed up to 200 homes

Officials from multiple jurisdictions Friday described the countless efforts to contain the 1,500-acre Tea Fire, which has destroyed or damaged as many as 200 homes in Montecito and Santa Barbara and led to the evacuation of approximately 5,500 homes. Fire investigators were still working to determine what — or who — ignited the blaze, which started near the Tea Gardens, an unoccupied early 1990s estate located above the Westmont College campus. more

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