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UPDATE: Acreage burned in Cave Fire reduced

Posted at 9:09 AM, Nov 27, 2019

UPDATE (6:57 p.m.) - Fire officials say after more accurate mapping, the size of the Cave Fire has been reduced to 3,126 acres.

The fire is now 40 percent contained.

UPDATE (11:38 a.m.) - East Camino Cielo Rd. from Painted Cave Rd. to Gibraltar Rd. has reopened.

UPDATE (10:45 a.m.) - All evacuation orders and debris flow evacuation warnings have been lifted in Santa Barbara County.

The Red Cross evacuation center at Goleta Valley Community Center that was set up Monday after the Cave Fire broke out is closing.

Highway 154 remains closed from Cathedral Oaks Rd./Highway 192 to Painted Cave Rd. other than to residents.

East Camino Cielo Rd. from Painted Cave to Gibraltar Rd. is also closed due to fire rehabilitation work.

(9:09 a.m.) - Some good news came in the form of rain on Wednesday after the Cave Fire torched 4,367 acres.

It is at 20 percent containment, but fire officials report the overnight rain helped firefighters significantly and containment numbers will grow.

Repopulation plans are being evaluated and all should be in their homes later today and in time for Thanksgiving, SBCFireInfo tweeted.

Smoke remains in the area and Highway 154 will remain closed.

Resources will begin demobilizing Wednesday, but local resources will remain on scene until full containment.