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6,000 Acre Fire on Central Coast

A fire on California´s central coast is blazing out of control and has burned more than six-thousand acres

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Fire officials say the blaze has prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and shut down a stretch of U-S Highway 101, one of the routes connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Hundreds of firefighters from around the state are battling the flames, which broke out around noon yesterday.

The fire briefly threatened two oil refineries, but officials say they were able to keep the flames away.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire, but one building — part of an abandoned school — was destroyed.

The fire broke out about noon Saturday in Gaviota pass, about 27 miles north of Santa Barbara.