Santa Barbara Wildfire Burns 1,800 Acres; 80% Contained

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (KTLA) — Firefighters in the Santa Barbara area were keeping a close eye on the winds as they continued to battle a wildfire on Wednesday.

The so-called White Fire has charred 1,858 acres and was 80 percent contained, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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The White Fire burns in the Los Padres National Forest.

A wind advisory was in effect for the Santa Barbara County mountains until 3 a.m. on Thursday.

Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph were expected, gusting up to 40 mph, according the the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were expected to climb into the high 80’s or low 90’s on Wednesday.

The blaze broke out around 2:45 p.m. on Monday near the White Rock camping area in the Los Padres National Forest, about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara.

All evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes on Tuesday evening, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

Paradise Road and the lower Santa Ynez recreation area remained closed until further notice.

The fire went through Sage Hill Campground, but the damage was still unknown, according to the Forest Service.

The fire also swept through a Forest Service outpost, damaging one building and one privately owned vehicle and destroying another vehicle.

More than 600 personnel were assigned to the blaze, with six air tankers and 12 helicopters available, county fire officials said.

Full containment was not expected until Monday.

The estimated cost of fighting the fire was at $850,000. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

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