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Firefighters Battle Whittier Fire In Santa Barbara County That Has Grown To Over 18,000 Acres

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Whittier Fire burning in the Santa Ynez Valley

Firefighters are trying to get a handle on the Whittier Fire burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara County that has grown to more than 18,000 acres. It's still only 36% contained.  

California Fire officials say they expect increased fire activity Sunday due to warmer temperatures, lower humidity and winds.

However, firefighters did get a break with the weather overnight from Saturday into Sunday when potentially strong sundowner winds in the forecast didn’t materialize. 

Nearly 2,000 firefighters aided by six air tankers and 16 helicopters are battling the fire. So far, 17 homes and 36 outbuildings have burned.

Meanwhile, the 29,000 acre Alamo Fire northeast of Santa Maria is now 95% contained after destroying one home and damaging a structure. Things are going so well in battling the blaze that many of the firefighters have been released to go home or to fight other fires.