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Investigators Search for Cause of Ellwood Bluffs Blaze

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of a vegetation fire that broke out Monday afternoon on the Ellwood Bluffs, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Firefighters were dispatched at about 4:40 p.m. to the blaze, which was burning in light grass about an eighth of a mile southwest of the Santa Barbara Shores gate, said Capt. David Sadecki.

Because of its location, firefighters were hampered in reaching the scene, and had to use four-wheel-drive brush trucks.

The area burned was approximately 30 by 50 feet, Sadecki said, and was near a line of eucalyptus trees, although none of them burned.

Several citizens attempted to stop the fire before firefighters arrived, according to radio traffic.

The blaze was declared contained shortly after 5 p.m.

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