SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have made substantial progress against a 13-square mile wildfire in Santa Barbara County, Calif.
It's 80 percent contained thanks to several days of good
weather. It's expected the blaze will be completely encircled
Still, the National Weather Service has issued a "fire weather watch" for the mountain areas and south Santa Barbara County from late Tuesday afternoon through Thursday.
The area's "sundowner" winds typically appear during evening hours or late afternoons under certain conditions, blowing from
north to south down passes and canyons just above Santa Barbara and adjacent communities.
Officials say the fire, which broke out May 5, has destroyed 77 homes and damaged 22 others.