The Latest: Firefighters to protect the coast of California cities

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

5:30 pm

Crews helped by the quiet night wind held a wall of flames descending from the mountains in coastal towns after a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size during the weekend.

Thousands remain under evacuation orders Monday as the fire department came to the west by the foot areas of Carpinteria and Montecito, the Santa Barbara County coastal resorts about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Much of the fire of the new growth took place on the eastern and northern fronts in uninhabited areas of Los Padres National Forest.

The fire, which already destroyed more than 750 buildings, burned six more in Carpinteria on Sunday. It is only 10 percent contained after burning nearly 360 square miles (930 square km).

Officials say the fire, which broke out a week ago in the neighboring Ventura County, is now the 5th largest in the history of California.

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