Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

Flames from a back firing operation underway rise behind a home off Ladera Lane near Bella Vista Drive in Santa Barbara, Calif.

MONTECITO, Calif. — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the wealthy coastal enclave of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles.