Santa Barbara brush fire grows to more than 3K acres

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A brush fire burning through the forest in Santa Barbara County had grown to more than 4,000 acres by Tuesday morning.

The "Cave Fire" broke out around 4 p.m. Monday in Los Padres National Forest, near East Camino Cielo and Painted Cave Road, prompting evacuations for homes in the foothills.

By evening, the fire had burned approximately 2,500 acres, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Officials increased that estimate to around 4,100 acres by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Wind was whipping up the flames, making the battle difficult for firefighters, KEYT reports.

More than 1,000 people lost power overnight due to the blaze as crews tried to keep the flames from spreading to homes. One outbuilding had been destroyed but no homes were damaged as of Tuesday morning.

Officials released a map for those under evacuation orders, which were ordered above the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara:

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