UPDATE (October 20th, 7:55 p.m.) - The Real Fire is now 90% contained. The cause is still under investigation.
UPDATE (October 19th, 5 p.m.) - The Real Fire is still holding at 420 acres and is 80% contained.
Santa Barbara County Fire officials expect to reach full containment by Monday.
SBC-UPDATE 10/19 #RealFire off Calle Real & Hwy 101 near El Capitan State Beach still 420 acres. Per Real IC the planned containment percentages are as follows; 80% by 6 pm Sat, 90% by 6 pm Sun, 100% by 6 am Mon. Real IC calling for 100% control 6 am Tues.— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) October 19, 2019
UPDATE (5 p.m.) - Fire officials say containment has increased on the 420-acre Real Fire to 50 percent.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Real Fire burning near El Capitan Canyon remains 20 percent contained Friday morning, fire officials say, adding that new mapping shows 420 acres have burned, down from an earlier estimate of 443 acres. They expect increased containment throughout the day.
The fire broke out Thursday afternoon, closing a portion of Highway 101 in the early evening and evacuating campers from nearby campgrounds.
Fire officials at a morning briefing said flames burned into a campground but no structures were damaged.
State Parks says camping reservations are canceled until further notice.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says campers and others evacuated from the Ocean Mesa campground and El Capitan Canyon Restort will be allowed back at 10 a.m. Friday to retrieve their belongings.
Starting @ 10am, campers & residents evacuated from the Ocean Mesa campground & El Capitan Canyon Resort will be allowed to retrieve their personal belongings. Citizens can come to the main entrance and they will be escorted from there. The State beach campground is still closed.— SB Sheriff's Office (@sbsheriff) October 18, 2019
An evacuation warning for residents between Dos Pueblos Canyon and Winchester Canyon was lifted Thursday night.
Fire officials say more than 100 firefighters are currently assigned to the fire, working to mop up and reinforce containment lines.
“Critical fire weather” is expected in the area again Friday evening.