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Crews battle 200-acre brush fire in Santa Barbara County

August 10, 2011 |  6:15 pm

General area of Santa Barbara brush fire Firefighters in Santa Barbara County were battling a brush fire Wednesday afternoon that had scorched about 200 acres in the Aliso Canyon area.

Crews from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service were trying to stop the flames as they moved at a moderate rate of speed in light vegetation, fire officials said.

The blaze broke out in Aliso Canyon near California 166 about 4 p.m. and was initially burning about 30 acres when crews responded, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said. No structures were immediately threatened, and no injuries were reported.

Fire commanders were requesting additional strike crews. Three helicopters and three air tankers were assisting firefighters on the ground.

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Map shows area where brush fire was burning. Credit: Google Maps.

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