Authorities looking for witnesses in wildfire near Santa Maria
The Chevy van is described as tan or gold and is a 2004 or 2005 model. It was last seen on Sierra Madre Road in the national forest area near Santa Maria, the U.S. Forest Service said.
The so-called La Brea fire has burned 29,480 acres and was 10% contained Wednesday evening, authorities said. More than 1,000 firefighters and 19 water-dropping helicopters are trying to contain the blaze in rugged, remote terrain.
Anyone with information regarding the van is asked to call investigators at (805) 686-5074. Callers can remain anonymous.
-- Robert J. Lopez