Whittier fire in Los Padres National Forest consumes more than 18,000 acres

The Whittier fire in Santa Barbara County, which has burned 17 homes and forced the evacuation of 2,600 people, has grown to more than 18,000 acres, authorities said Sunday.

The fire in Los Padres National Forest remains 36% contained as it continues to creep downhill along its eastern, western…

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