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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — People living near a raging wildfire in Santa Barbara County are being urged to conserve water until reservoirs drained by broken lines and other problems can refill.
Tom Mosby, general manager of the Montecito Water District, says reservoir levels dipped to 10 percent of normal storage after the fire caused a power outage that shut down a pumping station. He says another problem was broken pipes at burned homes that gushed water into the street.
Crews shut down the lines and power to the pump station was restored recently but Mosby says it will take a couple of days to restore water supplies. Meanwhile, fire crews are getting the water they need to battle a blaze that's destroyed at least 100 homes.
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