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Santa Barbara County Brushfire Now Nearly Halfway Contained

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:46pm

Lookout Fire Around Noon On Wednesday (Photo By John Palminteri)

Firefighters say the Lookout brush fire burning on San Marcos Pass is now 45% contained.

The fire is burning between Highway 154, and Painted Cave Road., with the U.S. Forest Service saying it’s blackened about 25 acres of brush.

The blaze threatened about 100 homes, with 40 being evacuated. All evacuation orders were lifted at 5 p.m. Firefighters were able to prevent any of the structures from being destroyed, or damaged.

About 300 firefighters aided by helicopters, and air tankers have been fighting the fire all day long, but were hampered by the fact the blaze is burning in some deep, rugged canyon areas.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain David Sadeki says the fire’s spread was slowed by rocky terrain, and brush clearance around homes.

One firefighter was evacuated with a minor leg injury. Some power lines were knocked out by the fire, but fire investigators don’t think the lines started the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

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