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Goleta Fire Forces Energy Conservation

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If a huge fire forcing 1700 homes to be evacuated wasn't enough, now residents of Goleta are being asked to conserve energy until 5:00 p.m. tonight. "A regional manager with energy company Southern California Edison, Cathy Hart, said it is inevitable more power lines will be burned by the Gap Fire," KSBY reports. "If residents keep stress off the system, outages could be kept to a minimum, Hart said." Last night, about 40,000 customers lost power in the area.