Emergency Declared in CA Wildfire

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A raging wildfire forced Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County, Friday.

The fire started Thursday evening along the wooded foothills of Montecito and has now destroyed at least 100 homes and forced more than 5,000 people to evacuate. 

The area is one of California's wealthiest neighborhoods.

"I saw $15 million in houses burn, without a doubt," said Santa Barbara resident Tom Bain, who evacuated. "They were just blowing up. It was really, intensely hot."

Click play to see aerial footage of the destructive fires going on in California right now.

Winds as high as 70 mph kept the flames charged throughout the day. Already, the wildfire has burned at least 2,500 acres. So far, 13 people have been injured.

"It just kept spreading and spreading and then probably about a half hour later, the power went out in the house and they were talking about evacuations and to be prepared," resident Mark Paul said. "The kids were getting nervous. There was no electricity, so we decided to go ahead and evacuate."

The fire has also destroyed several buildings on the campus of Westmont College, a Christian school in the area.

"We were all doing an activity and we look in the window and we see flames everywhere," Alexander Turner, a student at the school, remembered. "It was so scary... my retreat leader yells 'fire!'... It was like that close."

More than 500 firefighters are working to stop the blaze, but so far nothing has been contained. A major attack with water-dropping helicopters and air tankers to douse the fire is underway.

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