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Vegetation Fire Chars 5 Acres Near Highway 1 West of Vandenberg Village

An air tanker makes a drop on the vegetation fire burning Thursday afternoon near Highway 1 and Santa Lucia Canyon Road.
An air tanker makes a drop on the vegetation fire burning Thursday afternoon near Highway 1 and Santa Lucia Canyon Road.  (Max Janatsch photo)

A vegetation fire burned about 5 acres near the intersection of Highway 1 and Santa Lucia Canyon Road Thursday afternoon, near Vandenberg Air Force Base and Vandenberg Village.

Personnel from Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Lompoc Fire Department were dispatched to the incident at 4:15 p.m.

Shortly after arriving, firefighters estimated the blaze had burned between 10 to 15 acres, according to emergency traffic. 

County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni later said the fire burned about 5 acres along Santa Lucia Canyon Road, south of Highway 1, and forward progress was stopped around 5:45 p.m. 

The remote area is near Vandenberg Air Force Base, a few miles west of Vandenberg Village, and north of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex employee housing and facilities.

Vandenberg officials advised people to avoid the area, writing on Facebook at 5:55 p.m. that traffic was reportedly backed up southbound on Highway 1 from Timber Lane to Santa Lucia Canyon Road. 

A vegetation fire burning near Highway 1 sends smoke into the sky, as seen looking westward from Vandenberg Village, near Burton Mesa Boulevard and Mesa Circle Drive. Click to view larger
A vegetation fire burning near Highway 1 sends smoke into the sky, as seen looking westward from Vandenberg Village, near Burton Mesa Boulevard and Mesa Circle Drive.  (Matt Bryan photo)

The California Highway Patrol closed one southbound lane of Highway 1 at Santa Lucia Canyon Road while crews responded to the scene. 

No further details were available.  

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