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Santa Barbara County Fire Reaches 70% Containment

(Photo by Mike Eliason-Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
An air tanker makes a drop in the West Camino Cielo area earlier in the weekend

Firefighters are continuing to make progress towards containing Santa Barbara County’s Sherpa brush fire. The blaze had almost no growth Monday, with just over 7900 acres of land burned, and containment rising to 70%.

Officials announced plans to end most mandatory evacuations Wednesday morning. El Capitan Canyon will remain closed until Thursday, as will parts of Refugio Canyon. They are hoping for full containment of the blaze Thursday morning. No homes have been lost.

About 2,000 people are still involved in the firefight, which started last Wednesday afternoon.

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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