Whittier Fire in Los Padres National Forest Grows to 17,000 Acres, Containment Drops

The Whittier fire burning in Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County grew by about 4,000 acres overnight to more than 17,000 acres, which officials attributed Saturday to a combination of low humidity, high temperatures, steep terrain and brush fueling the fire on its southern flank.

After reporting Friday that the fire was more than 50% contained, officials said Saturday morning it was only 34% contained. But they said they expected fire crews to regain the upper hand on...

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