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Wildfires Burn Across The Western US

  

(AP) - A wildfire churning through coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara has ballooned to more than 6 square miles.

The latest size estimate Friday morning is nearly three times the previous acreage, with just 5 percent containment.

The blaze, called the Sherpa Fire, has been stoked by the region's afternoon and evening "Sundowner" winds, which blast down the face of the Santa Ynez Mountains toward the Pacific Ocean.

Fire authorities say Sundowners are expected through the weekend, possibly peaking in intensity Saturday evening.