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Firefighters Make Progress Coralling Big California Wildfire

An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Goleta, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
An air tanker drops retardant on a wildfire Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Goleta, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday.

The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4 square miles (68 square kilometers) and containment of the blaze jumped to 41%, up from 5% 24 hours earlier.