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New growth appearing in Whittier Fire burn area

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The Los Padres National Forest posted a picture on Twitter Monday morning showing a small amount of greenery surrounded by charred hillsides in the Whittier Fire burn area. (Los Padres NF picture) The Los Padres National Forest posted a picture on Twitter Monday morning showing a small amount of greenery surrounded by charred hillsides in the Whittier Fire burn area. (Los Padres NF picture)

New growth is starting to appear in the Whittier Fire burn area.

The Los Padres National Forest posted a picture on Twitter Monday morning showing the small amount of greenery surrounded by charred hillsides atop the Santa Ynez mountains. 

The fire, which broke out the afternoon of July 8 on the south side of Highway 154, has burned 18,430 acres and remains 87 percent contained. 

Officials previously said full containment was not expected until around August 30 due to the last few miles of containment line being in a very rocky area that is difficult for crews to access. 

Sixteen homes and 30 outbuildings were destroyed in the fire. Another seven structures were damaged. 

The cost to fight the fire has topped more than $38 million.

Related:

Whittier Fire cost now at $38.4 million; full containment weeks away

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