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Full Containment Of Santa Barbara County's Sherpa Brush Fire Still Could Be A Day Or Two Away

Containment is up to 93%, but full containment of Santa Barbara County’s Sherpa brush fire could still take another day or two.  Firefighters had been hoping to hit 100% containment this morning.

Firefighters are still dealing with some hot spots in rugged terrain.  They're also concerned about the potential for flareups tonight, with the forecast calling for a new round of sundowner winds.

The fire burned about 7500 acres of land.  While some 270 structures were threatened, no homes were ultimately lost. Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for most areas, except for El Capitan Canyon, and part of Refugio Canyon.

They are expected to reopen Saturday. Refugio State Beach will also reopen Saturday, but El Capitan State Beach will remain closed at least until July 15th.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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