GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the Western U.S. (all times local):
Firefighters battling an 11-square-mile blaze in California have caught a break from the weather — but it may not last.
Fire officials say 40-mph “sundowner” winds that usually sweep down the mountains near Santa Barbara didn’t materialize Friday night. That allowed fire crews to make progress. The blaze was 24 percent contained Saturday morning.
No homes have burned, but 270 remain at risk, and evacuations remain in place for campgrounds and ranches in the steep rural canyon areas.
A heat wave also means firefighters will face temperatures in the 90s as they hack through heavy brush.
Forecasts call for the sundowner winds to return Saturday night.
The fire began Wednesday. More than 1,200 firefighters are on the scene.
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