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Sunday, August 02, 2009 

The Canary Hotel here in town is named after the Canary Islands

Seems that Santa Barbara has another Canary Island coincidence....one of the Islands, La Palma, is battling an out of control wildfire...the type of fire we know all too well here.
A wildfire is raging out of control on the Canary Island of La Palma a day after it forced 4,000 people to flee their homes and stranded dozens of tourists.

...Fanned by strong winds the fire had by Sunday morning devastated some 5,000 acres of pine forest and destroyed dozens of homes in the town of Fuencaliente on the south of the volcanic island.

The fires threatened to engulf the village of Tigalate and the resort of Mazo and there were fears the flames could spread to an observatory housing the world's largest telescope. - The Telegraph UK

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