The Latest: Risk downgraded to oil facility near wildfire

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The Latest on wildfires in the Western U.S. (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

Authorities say a wildfire that's burning out of control in rugged coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara is now posing little risk to a nearby oil processing facility.

Heavy winds had pushed the flames close to an ExxonMobil crude oil facility Wednesday and forced the evacuation of hundreds of campers and a handful of rural homes.

Santa Barbara County fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the danger to the facility is minimal Thursday. Several ranch homes were evacuated, but no structures have burned.

Zaniboni says a fleet of planes are dropping water and retardant and crews are taking advantage of calmer winds as they build lines around the blaze. It's charred nearly 2 square miles of dry canyon brush, and there's no containment.

The wildfire is one of several burning in Western states, including New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.


This story has been corrected to show that the ExxonMobil site is not a refinery, but a crude oil processing facility.