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Whittier Fire now 36 percent contained, remains at 17,364 acres

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The Whittier Fire burning near Cachuma Lake is now 36 percent contained. 

As of Saturday evening, fire officials said the fire remains at 17,364 acres. Saturday morning, the fire was 35 percent contained. 

Friday evening, the estimate was 13,199 acres with 52 percent containment.

The fire broke out a week ago along Highway 154 and quickly grew, prompting immediate evacuations and the closure of Highway 154.

Fire officials said sundowner winds expected Friday and again Saturday were a major concern, and that there was still a lot of unburned fuel around the perimeter of the fire.

More than 1,900 personnel are currently assigned to the Whittier Fire.  

New evacuation orders were issued Friday as the flames continued backing down the south slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains above the canyons west of Goleta. 

Smoke from the Whittier Fire could be seen throughout Santa Barbara County for a majority of the day.

Utilities and public service agencies are reminding people to prepare for possible power outages due to increased fire danger to its transmission and distribution lines.

Eight homes and 12 other structures have been destroyed by the fire.

A forest closure for the Whittier Fire area goes into effect Saturday.

Highway 101 is open.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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