All evacuation warnings for the devastating Whittier Fire were lifted Sunday morning.
Saturday night was the last shift of night operations for the blaze, which was 87 percent contained as of Sunday, according to fire officials.
Firefighters have worked 12-hour shifts around the clock to douse the fire, which erupted July 8 and has burned 18,430 acres.
The estimated date for full containment remains July 30.
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The blaze burned in the Santa Ynez Mountains between Lake Cachuma and western Goleta, and prompted evacuations for thousands of people, including campers, in the early days.
Evacuation warnings were lifted for the area of Calle Real north to West Camino Cielo, from Winchester Canyon Road on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west.
One road closure remains in effect on West Camino Cielo Road, between Refugio Road and the Winchester Gun Club.
Authorities stressed that even though evacuation warnings have been lifted, firefighters and fire equipment are still working to improve the fire line and focusing on mop-up spots in the area.
Nature is also helping the firefighting effort. The forecast calls for “monsoon moisture” in the area and a small chance of thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday as the moisture lingers.
The Burned Area Emergency Response Team will next begin an assessment to evaluate the burned area watersheds and identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.
A total of 16 residences were destroyed and another one was damaged, and 30 outbuildings were destroyed, with six more damaged, according to the most recent damage assessments.
The fire heavily damaged The Outdoor School and the Boy Scout camp at Rancho Alegre, where most buildings burned to the ground.