Central California wildfire grows as hot, dry conditions persist

Central California wildfire grows as hot, dry conditions persist(Reuters) – A damaging wildfire burning on California’s scenic central coast was expected to expand on Sunday afternoon, with higher temperatures, lower humidity and high winds working against efforts to contain it, officials said. By Sunday morning the so-called Whittier Fire burning near Santa Barbara was 36-percent contained, a reversal since Friday, when the blaze was 50-percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said. Cal Fire bumped up the number of dwellings to 17 damaged by the fire after getting a closer look at the affected area.


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