What is already the largest forest fire in the United States continues to advance towards the coastal cities of Santa Barbara County, fueled by strong winds and dry conditions that have fueled the flames throughout the southern part of the state.

Authorities have ordered residents in the towns of Carpintería and Montecito, in the southwest of the state, to evacuate their homes early on Sunday because the flames have approached, in the direction of the city of Santa Barbara, about 160 kilometers west of Los Angeles.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, firefighters have controlled only 15% of the fires this Sunday.

The winds, along the rugged mountainous terrain over the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura, have hampered efforts to fight the flames.

The fires that hit Southern California have caused the evacuation of some 200,000 people and destroyed almost 800 homes.

A 70-year-old woman died Wednesday in a car accident while trying to escape the flames in Ventura County.

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