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Full Containment of Holiday Fire in Goleta Achieved Tuesday Evening

Crews achieved full containment of the Holiday Fire in Goleta by Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. 

The 113-acre blaze was expected to be fully controlled by Wednesday night if the winds cooperate, said Mike Eliason, a Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman.

Some 35 firefighters continue to mop-up and patrol the fire area, Eliason said, a number likely to drop to less than a dozen on Wednesday.

“Santa Barbara County Fire will then continue to patrol the area with one engine for several days,” Eliason said.

The Holiday Fire, which broke out Friday night amid triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds, destroyed 13 homes and damaged three others in the North Fairview Avenue area of Goleta.

It also destroyed 15 outbuildings, mainly barns and sheds.

Cause of the fire remained under investigation, Eliason said.

Some 22 customers remained without power in and around the fire area as of 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Southern California Edison Co.

The company estimated all power would be restored by 3 p.m. on Friday.

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