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Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of South Coast Brush Fire Which Damaged Two Homes

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(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
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Firefighters look for hot spots Friday morning from Thursday night brush fire which damaged two homes

Acreage burned in Santa Barbara blaze downgraded from 20 to 10 acres

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which damaged two homes on the South Coast.

The Thursday night blaze burned about 10 acres of brush on what's known as TV Hill in Santa Barbara. Because of the fire's central location in the city, the flames were visible throughout much of the community.

It started at about 9 p.m., forcing evacuations in some neighborhoods. Firefighters got the upper hand on the blaze in about two hours. People were able to return home a little after midnight. Some firefighters remained on the scene Friday doing mop-up work.

The fire was originally believed to have been about 20 acres in size, but the figure was downgraded after firefighters were able to do more precise mapping during daylight hours.