Some 13,000 southern California residents are evacuating to get out of the way of a raging wildfire.
The fire has consumed at least 500 acres near Santa Barbara -- at least a dozen homes have burned in the blaze.
About 850 firefighters are battling the fire, but winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour are fueling the flames.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is urging residents to heed evacuation warnings.
"If you are an evacuation, mandatory evacuation? Leave early. We don't want people stuck in their cars, trapped in their cars trying to exit in a traffic jam," Capt. David Sadecki said.
Residents scramble to leave, but not without packing up the stuff they can't leave behind.
"We got out the important things, photographs, computers, some jewelry and the rest, well, it can burn," resident Barney Berglund said.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency. And at least three firefighters have suffered moderate injuries.