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NBCNEWS.COM - Southern California's wildfire season has flared up again, this time chasing 4,000 residents and campers out of the mountains of Santa Barbara County.

The U.S. Forest Service said the so-called White fire broke out near a campsite Monday afternoon in the Los Padres National Forest about 15 miles north of Santa Barbara and spread quickly, fanned by 20 mph winds.

The fire grew to 1,200 acres along the San Ynez River overnight and led to the evacuations of about 4,000 people in campgrounds and year-round and summer homes, Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said.

The fire remains just 10 percent contained.

Strong winds both helped and hindered firefighters Monday, pushing the fire east through forest and away from structures but forcing the grounding of six air tankers. 

The Forest Service said as many as 100 structures could be imperiled with small wind shifts to the north and said there is "extreme" potential for the fire to grow. 

The Forest Service said it hoped to have the tankers in the air and some 700 personnel fighting the blaze Tuesday.

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