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Firefighters Trying To Make Progress Towards Contaiment Of Santa Barbara County's Sherpa Brush Fire

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(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
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A converted DC-10 jetliner makes a fire retardant drop on the Sherpa Fire Thursday afternoon

It looked like a sea of flames in the mountains above Refugio State Beach overnight.

Today, firefighters are trying to take advantage of a lull in the wind which spread the 1200 acres plus Sherpa Fire to build some fire breaks before the wind returns. The fire is still completely out of control at this point, but the good news is that no homes have been lost. The fire forced the evacuation of some homes, and ranches in the sparsely populated area, as well as from beaches.

Elizabeth Hatten, who was camping at El Captain State Beach before she and her husband were evacuated, says the flames were scary. Gail Robinson, with the Red Cross, says about 40 people evacuated from campgrounds spent the night at a shelter at the Wake Center in Goleta.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place from Refugio Canyon east to El Capitain Canyon. There’s a warning for potential evacuation from El Capitan Canyon to Farren Road.

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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