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A fire near a California refinery is burning out of control and has forced some employees and residents to evacuate.

According to CBS News, the fire began on Wednesday near Santa Barbara and has prompted ExxonMobil to evacuate non-essential staff from the Las Flores Canyon refinery.

“The refinery has fire around it, and companies in place protecting it,” Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain Dave Zaniboni told CBS.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the fire is burning across 1,200 acres in Refugio Canyon.

According to the AP, the fire is not posing a significant risk to the facility.

“Our primary concern is for the safety of our employees, contractors and the environment,” an Exxon spokesperson told the AP.

Exxon has not disclosed further details about the fire.

Some nearby residents and campers have also been asked to evacuate the surrounding areas.

The fire is currently burning out of control and has not been contained.


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