Santa Barbara wildfire now 100 percent contained

Firefighters Thursday were able to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.

The 44-acre blaze was 100 percent contained at about 5 p.m. Fourteen aircraft helped ground crews battle flames in rocky, chaparral-covered foothills about 10 miles north of the scenic coastal town, authorities said.

The fire erupted Wednesday near Highway 154 in the same Painted Cave area where a 1990 blaze killed one person and burned about 550 homes.

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