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Firefighters Hoping To Contain Santa Barbara County Brushfire

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:09am

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

Firefighters are working this morning on trying to get full control of Santa Barbara County’s Lookout brushfire, which caused a big scare yesterday in the San Marcos Pass area, sending up a huge plume of smoke.

The fire has been burning between Highway 154, and Painted Cave Road. U.S. Forest Service officials say it’s about 45% contained, and has blackened about 25 acres of brush.

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

About 300 firefighters aided by helicopters, and air tankers fought the fire, but were hampered by the fact the blaze is burning in some deep, rugged canyon areas.

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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