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Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County is 54 percent contained

A British Aerospace BAe-146 belonging to Neptune Aviation makes a Phos-Chek drop Saturday, June 18, 2016, on the Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County.
A British Aerospace BAe-146 belonging to Neptune Aviation makes a Phos-Chek drop Saturday, June 18, 2016, on the Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County. The Associated Press

The Sherpa Fire burning in southern Santa Barbara County is now 54 percent surrounded and remains at just over 12 square miles.

The National Weather Service says Monday will be the peak of the heat wave that has already brought record-breaking, triple-digit heat to the region.

Despite the conditions, firefighters reported a slight increase in containment of the 7,893-acre fire burning in rugged terrain along the Gaviota Coast since Wednesday, but 270 structures are still threatened.

Authorities expect to fully contain the fire by Thursday, June 23.

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