Firefighting crews battle wildfire that threatens Reagan ranch in California

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Santa Barbara County Fire Hand Crew members pain disconnected pockets of writer successful the Alisal Fire on northbound Highway 101 northbound of Arroyo Hondo Canyon, California, U.S. October 12, 2021. Mike Eliason/SBCo FD/Handout via REUTERS

Oct 13 (Reuters) - California firefighters are taking vantage of a interruption successful beardown winds connected Wednesday day to get craft aloft and dump retardant connected a fast-moving wildfire that is wrong a fractional mile of erstwhile President Ronald Reagan's ranch, officials said.

A unit of astir 1,500 firefighters person truthful acold successfully steered the Alisal occurrence distant from the Reagan ranch, wherever the erstwhile U.S. person hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth and erstwhile Soviet person Mikhail Gorbachev, said Andrew Madsen, a spokesperson for Los Padres National Forest, wherever the blaze is centered.

"There are forecasts of precocious winds tonight, and we're trying to get arsenic overmuch arsenic we tin done earlier then," Madsen said.

The crews are besides moving to support the occurrence distant from a shuttered Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) installation successful Las Flores canyon, helium added. The institution didn't instantly respond to a petition for comment.

The fire, which broke retired connected Monday astir 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Santa Barbara successful a sparsely populated country of confederate California, has grown to 13,600 acres (5,500 hectares) and remains conscionable 5% contained, Madsen said.

Strong winds are forecast for this evening, which would halt flights of the planes dumping occurrence retardant, Madsen added, though helium said firefighters hoped to get the blaze 15% to 20% contained successful the adjacent fewer hours earlier gusts prime up.

The Alisal occurrence rapidly grew connected Tuesday amid beardown winds, shutting down a conception of a large road and commuter bid lines. California Governor Gavin Newsom said connected Wednesday the authorities had secured national funds to reimburse 75% of section and authorities costs related to warring the blaze.

California is connected gait to endure much burnt acreage this twelvemonth than last, the worst occurrence play connected grounds erstwhile 4.2 cardinal acres went up successful flames - an country the size of Hawaii.

Reporting by Brad Brooks successful Lubbock, Texas, Additional reporting by Sabrina Valle successful Houston Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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