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Santa Barbara wildfire 100 percent contained

The Lookout Fire after one hour.
The Lookout Fire after one hour.
Luke Hesseling

Firefighters have completely surrounded the 44-acre Lookout Fire that briefly threatened 100 homes in the rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.

Authorities said 100 percent containment was achieved about 5 p.m. Thursday, after ground crews were helped by 14 aircraft to battle flames that erupted Wednesday in rocky, chaparral-covered foothills about 10 miles north of the scenic coastal town.

About 40 of the homes were evacuated and residents were allowed to return just a few hours later.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. The cause is under investigation.