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Santa Barbara County Firefighters Stop Spread Of Brush Fire Outside Of Lompoc

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:40am

Santa Barbara County firefighters this morning are mopping up at the scene of a brush fire which caused a big scare.

The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m. near the Harris Grade summit, northeast of Lompoc.  It put up a massive cloud of smoke visible for miles.  Firefighters aided by eight air tankers, and two helicopters quickly responded to the scene, and had the fire more than 40% contained by sunset last night.  It was estimated to be 10 to 20 acres in size, with firefighters expecting to get a more accurate estimate today.

No structures were threatened by the blaze, which burned in pine trees on the east side of Harris Grade.  Investigators believed a spark from the catalytic converter of a passing vehicle started the fire.

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