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50-mph winds fuel brush fire in Santa Barbara County

September 30, 2009 |  3:25 pm

Santa Barbara County firefighters are battling a fast-moving, Lompoc-area brush fire that has forced dozens of evacuations from Vandenberg Air Force, authorities said.

The fire has burned about 300 acres and is now burning near the base, said Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Gusty, 50-mph winds have been pushing the fire in a southwesterly direction, and power outages have been reported in the area, he said. About 20 engines, 10 air tankers and five helicopters are attacking the fire.

“We’re trying to hold it at Pine Canyon,” Sadecki said, adding that no homes are threatened at this time.

—Ruben Vives

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