Firefighters Make Progress Against Two Southern California Fires

A 1,500-acre wildfire burned Friday in the foothills of Santa Barbara County but another Southern California fire was contained at 400 acres in the high desert of San Bernardino County.

The Santa Barbara County blaze was 30 percent contained and had
"potential to grow," county fire Capt. Eli Iskow said.

The fire broke out Wednesday about 15 miles north of Los Olivos and burned in chaparral and stands of oaks. The cause was under investigation.

The San Bernardino County fire was surrounded about 1 a.m. after
burning through foothills in Lucerne Valley, said Bill Peters, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

It was started by lightning from a dry thunderstorm on Thursday, Peters said.

The storm's high winds fanned the flames across a sparsely populated area near the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains but they later subsided, Peters said.

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