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Just when I was starting to think the fire season was over...

A fire sparked in the mountains above Santa Barbara this afternoon. Dubbed the Cave Fire, it has exploded to 3,300 acres since it was reported at around 4:15 this afternoon along State Route 154. At least one structure has burned, and evacuation orders are in place for the area immediately north of Santa Barbara and Goleta. There is no containment at this time.
 

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Just when I was starting to think the fire season was over...

A fire sparked in the mountains above Santa Barbara this afternoon. Dubbed the Cave Fire, it has exploded to 3,300 acres since it was reported at around 4:15 this afternoon along State Route 154. At least one structure has burned, and evacuation orders are in place for the area immediately north of Santa Barbara and Goleta. There is no containment at this time.
There's heavy rain due to most of coastal California tonight and the rest of the week, including this area, so maybe that will effectively extinguish this one. (fingers crossed).
 

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There's heavy rain due to most of coastal California tonight and the rest of the week, including this area, so maybe that will effectively extinguish this one. (fingers crossed).
Unfortunately, with those heavy rains expected over the new burn scar area comes heavy mudslides.
 

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Strong winds in advance of the coming storm whipped the Cave Fire burning north of Santa Barbara into a frenzy as the fire grew to 4,330 acres since its start yesterday afternoon. More than 5,000 people have been evacuated, with more than 4,000 more warned to be ready. State Route 154 remains closed through the area. Rain, sometimes heavy, is forecast for the area starting late tonight, which should help with the firefight, but also threatens mudslides. The fire is currently 10 percent contained.
 

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More accurate mapping of the Cave Fire north of Santa Barbara reduced the fire's acreage to 3,126. Thanks to some wet weather in the area, firefighters managed 40 percent containment of the fire today. All evacuation orders for the area have been lifted, though a stretch of Highway 154 remains closed except to local traffic due to damage to infrastructure.
 
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Fire crews battling the Cave Fire north of Santa Barbara got a boost from Mother Nature in the form of rain and even snow in the Santa Barbara mountains today. The fire remained at 3,126 acres and is now 70 percent contained.