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California fires: Your pictures

Northridge Drive, Santa Barbara

BBC News website readers have been sending us their pictures of the wildfires. Brian Bargiel took this picture from Northridge Drive in Santa Barbara...

Helicopter drops water on the wildfires a helicopter fights the flames in Santa Barbara. Photo: Brian Bargiel.

Wildfires view from just outside Santa Barabara

The view from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Photo: Sourav Das.

Wildfire photo by Michael Dev

The main street in Santa Barbara was covered by smoke. Michael Dev says the smoke was in the east, 90 degrees from the mountains. Photo: Michael Dev.

Photo: Helena Day Breese

Helena Day Breese moved to California 20 years ago. "There's a big misty, mass of red smoke, and when the wind picks up a huge smoky cloud hangs over the town like a Damocles - it's horrifying...

Photo: Helena Day Breese

...this morning the ash on my patio was as thick and white as snow and it is still raining down."

Santa Barbara fires at night

UK exchange student Jonathan Crass said although they can see smoke and smell fumes coming over the University of California campus, everyone is carrying on as normal...

Wildfires at night: Jonathan Crass

... the fires illuminated the night sky above Santa Barbara. Photo: Jonathan Crass. Send your photos to For terms and conditions see right.

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