Firefighters Getting Upper Hand On McMurray Fire

The first significant wildland fire in Santa Barbara County this season has scorched roughly 200 acres near Buelton. Forced the closure of a section of the northbound 101 for a while and left about 10,000 people without power. A few small fires broke out yesterday afternoon, quickly becoming a 2 alarm fire, prompting mandatory evacuations and road closures. About 600 firefighters and resources from multiple agencies, including a Strike Force from Cal Fire SLO, were on the scene of the McMurray fire, which had grown to about 200 acres and was last reported to be 30 percent contained and the evacuations have been lifted.

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