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Patera Fire deemed 100% contained

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The Patera Fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon was considered 100% contained by 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a 10-acre vegetation fire at La Patera Ranch around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, and county fire said that the blaze had the potential to spread up to 100 acres.

Plumes of smoke and flames coming from west of Fairview Road, according to county fire spokesman Mike Eliason.

Eliason said that the fire was burning downhill as strong winds were present in the area.

No structures were threatened as of 3:30 p.m., and a helicopter made a water drop on the east flank of the fire, according to Eliason.

Around 4:30 p.m., Eliason said that the firefighters are continuing to increase containment lines around the fire and will remain on the scene overnight.

Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Goleta City Public Safety said that firefighters had stopped all forward progress on the vegetation fire and that the fire is 25% contained and still estimated to be approximately 10 acres. 

Due to the windy conditions, Goleta city officials said that the situation can quickly change, so the city asked the community to stay vigilant and informed. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to officials.

The fire was considered 100% contained by 9 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the fire department.

To prepare for the next fire, go to to learn about County Fire's "Ready! Set! Go!" Program.

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