Wildfires Spread in Mountains North of Santa Barbara

Swirling winds and dry conditions fuel the dangerous fires forcing nearly 400 families to evacuate.
2:15 | 06/17/16

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To the west now, and a dangerous and potentially historic heat on the move and effecting several states already. And tonight, it's already fueling major fires. This one fire burning sneer Santa Barbara, exploding overnight in an area that hasn't burned in decades. Tonight, already hundreds of families are under mandatory evacuation orders. ABC's Jim Avila is on the scene in California. Reporter: Tonight, the mountains north of Santa Barbara are a fragile tinderbox. In the winds pick up, all bets are off. Reporter: Burning free and fast. With the winds swirling up to 50 miles an hour, the fire line spread quicy. Some of the fuel, 100-year-old oaks and patches of land that hadn't burned in 60 years. Overnight, the out of control fire spreading rapidly. Firefighters racing to protect homes. Nearly 400 families evacuated. Cowboy bob parker spent the night clearing his livestock. When we left out here last night, we loaded 65 head of horses out of here. Reporter: Fires threatening residents across the baking southwest. In Arizona, the cedar creek fire now more than 8,000 acres, frightening fleeing homeowners. It was raining ash. Like, it was falling out of the sky. Reporter: In New Mexico, a state of emergency for the doghead fire, triggering mandatory evacuations. The wind came again and it started kicking up, so, then, you get nervous again because you don't know where it's going. Reporter: David, tonight, no sign of containment. Firefighters worried about the evening winds and tomorrow's rising temperatures. David? Incredible scene there in California. Jim, thank you. And it's not just California. It's several states already. And rob is tracking it all. Hey, rob. Reporter: Hey, David. The western heat not helping the fire situation. This is going to be a historic, long duration event. Look at the Numbers, well up into the 90s, in some cases, Phoenix and Palm Springs, 120. This heat is going to continue through the weekend, probably through Monday. So, heat warnings, heat watches up for that area. And then also across the plains, this is the same air mass, excessive heat warnings here. Couple in the humidity, 104 in Dallas, 105 in Oklahoma. Severe weather tonight, a strong line heading towards the D.C. Area. Baseball-sized hail with some of these storms. Going to be a rough night. Across the country. Rob, thank you so much.

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