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Last: the Crew protect hill at home as the California fire roars

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

5:45 pm

Southern California’s huge wildfire continues to tear through dry brushing of the top of a narrow ridge as the crew struggle to keep the flames roaring down in the neighborhoods.

Firefighters protected foot houses in the vicinity of Santa Barbara, to make use of calmer overnight winds that forecasters say could whip up again Tuesday.

Officials express relief that much of the fire growth is occurring to the north in uninhabited forest country, but warn that the seaside towns of Montecito and Carpinteria and Fillmore in Ventura County remain at risk. Tens of thousands remain evacuated.

Poor air quality is keeping many schools closed. As ash rain down, and smoke is blowing through the streets, the regulators urge people to stay inside if possible and avoid strenuous activity.

The fire, now the fourth largest in the history of California, is only 20 percent contained.

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