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Containment Up To 85% For Cave Fire; Caltrans Hopes To Reopen Highway 154 Monday

Caltrans is hoping to reopen Highway 154 on Monday, a week after it was closed by the Cave brush fire.

Firefighters aided by rain and snow are continuing to move towards full containment of Santa Barbara County's Cave Fire.  The 3100 acre blaze is 85% contained as of Saturday.

Caltrans is hoping to reopen Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass Monday, a week after it was closed by the fire.  Crews have been working to repair damaged guardrails.

The key factor in full containment is the weather.  Santa Barbara County Fire officials are hoping to reach full containment by mid-week, but they say weather will play a central role in it.

At it's peak, more than 5000 people were evacuated as a result of the blaze, but they were all able to return home by Thanksgiving.  No homes were lost.  The cause of the fire is 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.