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Firefighters Still Working On Efforts To Totally Contain Santa Barbara County's Sherpa Brush Fire

It’s dropped from the headlines, but a small army of firefighters continues mopup efforts on Santa Barbara County’s Sherpa brush fire.

Containment is at 93%, but full containment efforts are continuing. Firefighters had hoped to hit 100% containment Thursday morning, but have been dealing with some hot spots in rugged terrain, as well as a weather 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 tomorrow. Refugio State Beach will also reopen tomorrow, but El Capitan State Beach will remain closed at least until July 15th. The cause of the fire is remains 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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