SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -

LATEST UPDATE

The latest figures for the Rey Fire burning in Santa Barbara's backcountry is 32,601 acres and 78% containment.  Better mapping is credited with the reduction in acreage.

PREVIOUS STORY

Paradise Road was reopened to the public Sunday evening starting at 7:30 p.m.

All other road closures will remain in effect. This includes East Camino Cielo road closures and Gibraltar Road closures.

The Rey Fire continues to hold at 33,006 acres and 61% containment.

The fire showed minimal growth and activity Saturday night. For Sunday, fire crews will be securing and mopping-up the remaining uncontained fireline on the northeast corner of the Rey Fire.

Crews will continue to build direct handline from Mono Creek through Pie Canyon and Indian Creek drainage. In other areas of the fire, crews are installing waterbars on firelines and removing berms.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016 UPDATE

The Rey Fire has remained at 33,006 acres and containment increased to 54% Saturday evening, according to Los Padres National Forest officials.

On Friday, firefighters were able to keep the acreage from growing.  In a Friday evening online update, firefighters reported they "continued to build direct line on the east end of the fire to control the slop over across the Mono Creek drainage."

The report also indicated air attacks on the northern edge of the fire helped as firefighters worked on containment lines.

Over Friday night, crews plan to patrol the west end of the fire, ensuring containment lines closest to Lake Cachuma hold, and to continue working on containment lines for the eastern edge of the blaze.

Firefighters also expect warmer and drier weather conditions over the weekend, with lighter winds.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016 UPDATE

Thursday night, the fire was active in the upper Mono drainage and Ogilvy Ranch area until about 3 a.m., according to fire officials.  Crews made progress improving the road system along Camuesa Road and prep work along Pendola Jeep Trail.

Cooler temperatures are expected today. West winds will pickup after the marine layer clears up with gusts up to 18 mph.

Residents who live or work off Paradise Road were allowed back into the area beginning Thursday night. Paradise Road will continue to remain closed to the general public, campers and anyone that's not connected to the firefighting efforts. Law enforcement will check ID's to ensure only residents or employees are allowed in.

As Highway 154 continues to remain open, road closures on East Camino Cielo at the junctions of Painted Cave Road and Gibraltar Road remain in effect.

Portions of the forest and wilderness in and around the Rey Fire perimeter are under a closure order. Level 4 fire restrictions are currently in place, which prohibits the use of wood and charcoal campfires, target shooting, smoking, and fireworks. Only gas stoves are allowed at designated campgrounds.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016 UPDATE