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The wildfire is near Reagan’s Western White House in Southern California.

SOLWANG – A major coastal highway remained closed Wednesday and evacuation orders were followed by a rising fire caused by strong winds that increased the risk of wildfires in most parts of California.

County fire officials said more than 200 firefighters battled the Ellis Fire, which covered 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) along coastal Santa Barbara County and controlled only 5 percent.

The fire was burning near Rancho del Cello, once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan and known as the Western White House during their presidency. Firefighters were guarding the field where Reagan hosted world leaders.

The fire broke out on a shore on Monday and spread to the sea, forcing the closure of US 101, the only major highway in this part of the coast. There were evacuation orders and warnings for farms and many rural communities.

While the area was sparsely populated, the fire threatened more than 100 homes, farms and other buildings, fire officials said.

“The fire is burning in dense chaprals and is being pushed by strong winds and is growing rapidly,” a fire update said Tuesday.

The fire was burning near Rancho del Cello, once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan and known as the Western White House during their presidency. Firefighters were guarding the field where Reagan hosted world leaders.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday and asked Government Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency to release more state resources for firefighters and evacuations.

In Northern California, firefighters contained the blaze, which destroyed 25 mobile homes, 16 RVs and a park building in Sacramento County’s Rancho Marina RV Park.

No casualties were reported, and the cause is being investigated.

In the south of San Joaquin County, a man suffered severe third-degree burns on most of his body and damaged about five mobile homes in the fire, which spread to Island Mobile Home Park. .

On Monday, strong gusts across the state knocked down trees and blinded clouds of dust. In anticipation of the wind event, Pacific Gas & Electric Utility cut off power to about 24,000 consumers in targeted areas of 23 counties on Monday to prevent fires if electrical equipment was damaged.

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