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PHOTOS: Firefighters get upper hand on Santa Barbara wildfire; evacuations lifted

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The Lookout Fire after one hour.

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A view from a ridge where the Lookout Fire burned some vegetation.

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One of the helicopters used to fight the flames.

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Numerous agencies from across the region responded to the Lookout Fire.

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A self-portrait of firefighter Luke Hesseling from the edge of the Lookout Fire.

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The Lookout Fire at sunset.


UPDATE 10:28 a.m.: Firefighters have stopped the spread of the flames and estimate full containment by 6 p.m. Friday. A second injury has been reported to a firefighter who had to be removed from the front lines due to dehydration.

Temperatures are milder today and the humidity is beginning to rise.

PREVIOUSLY: The wildfire burning in the hills above Santa Barbara was 75 percent contained Thursday morning, authorities reported. Firefighters expect to have the flames extinguished sometime today, but they still warn that the Lookout Fire has the potential to grow quickly due to dry and warm weather. 

An evacuation order has been lifted for about 100 homes near the site of the wildfire, near the intersection of CA Highway 154 and Painted Cave Road.

It has burned 44-acres and one firefighter suffered a minor leg injury, authorites said.

The wildfire started early Wednesday morning. The cause remains under investigation.

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