Firefighters rescued a deer while fighting more than 150-acre forest fires at Hollister Ranch on Thursday.
Fires on the southern coast of Santa Barbara County erupted shortly after 2:00 when “significant” offshore winds swept the area amid hot and dry weather, said Captain Daniel Bertucelli.
“The crew began caring for the animal and contacting wildlife rescue,” Bertucelli said, adding that the deer was then moved for further treatment.
Fire containment is estimated at 50% at 6 p.m. and officials said firefighters would stay overnight to ensure the embers did not jump the detention line.
Voluntary evacuation from several houses on exclusive farms has been requested.
A helicopter that fell from the water helped around 120 firefighters who fought a fire about 35 miles west of the city of Santa Barbara.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
The National Weather Service said the period of strong winds from the north will slowly end after howling overnight. The gust on Montecito Hill to the east of Santa Barbara reaches up to 67 mph.
Hot advisors for the area and other parts of Southern California are expected to remain in effect until 9 pm. Thursday.