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 Miguelito Fire in Lompoc fully contained
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6 months ago

Miguelito Fire in Lompoc fully contained

Less than a week after it broke out, the Miguelito Fire in Lompoc is now fully contained.

The fire started Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon Road and burned more than 630 acres.

Santa Barbara County Fire and CAL FIRE investigators have concluded the fire happened because of untrimmed trees that came in contact with a live power line.

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7 months ago

Untrimmed trees targeted as cause for of Miguelito Canyon fire

Santa Barbara County Fire and CAL FIRE investigators have concluded the Miguelito Fire happened because of untrimmed trees that came in contact with a live power line.

Investigators say on May 13th a 12,000 volt power line feeding the power plant at 2500 San Miguelito Rd. in Lompoc, contacted a tree causing embers to drop down and ignite the dry brush along the hillside.

The fire is 95% contained. Full containment is expected by 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

Continuing coverage of the fire coming up on KSBY at 6.

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7 months ago

Miguelito Fire 90 percent contained

The Miguelito Fire burning in Lompoc is now 90 percent contained, fire officials say, a 10 percent increase since Wednesday night.

The fire broke out Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon Road and has burned 632 acres.

No evacuations are in effect and all roads are now open.

Firefighters say the estimated cost of the blaze so far is $860,000.

More than 170 personnel are still on scene.

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7 months ago

San Miguelito fire chases people from homes

Firefighters say the Miguelito Fire has consumed about 600 acres since it started Tuesday afternoon. It started around 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc.

It's expected to be 80% contained by around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night. All evacuations orders have been lifted.

More than 500 firefighters spent the night fighting flames. Mike Held is a firefighter who was off-duty when he saw the flames from his kitchen window. "I got up in the morning and said 'This is a perfect fire weather day. You gotta really watch. This is that kind of day,'" he said.

Mike said he saw it directly over the hill and the smoke was directly over his house. "We knew it was going to burn someday because everything burns eventually," said Held.

With Held's experience as a firefighter, he and his family decided to stay, but his neighbors didn't take any chances.

"It was like a war zone. It was like nighttime during the day," said Christine Rounds. Christine took her photographs, dogs and horses, leaving everything else behind.

"Nothing at that point mattered, as they were dropping water in front of our house, telling us we had to leave. That was it. That's all we grabbed." she said.

Christine returned Wednesday night, but says she'll remain uneasy until the fire is out.

"We could get one really strong wind and it could just take one ember blowing across," said Mike Eliason of Santa Barbara County Fire. "Debris has been falling. Thick ash pockets they have to walk through, and then there's the ever present rattle snakes that are all over the area."

As winds picked up, fire crews had new challenges on their hands, "Trying to snuff out as many hotspots as they can," said Eliason. "We're always hoping for a quick containment, but we're not going to push ourselves. We're going to make sure we're taking care of it safely and methodically, hoping the winds continue to stay low."

Santa Barbara County Fire hopes to have the fire completely contained by Thursday morning. Crews say there hasn't been a fire in this area for at least 10 to 15 years, so that's why the fire spread so quickly. They're still trying to figure out how it started.

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7 months ago

More containment expected Wednesday night for Miguelito Fire

The Miguelito Fire burning in Lompoc is expected to be 80 percent contained by 7:00 Wednesday night.

The fire broke out Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon Road.

Firefighters say 600 acres have burned so far.

Crews from Santa Barbara County Fire, Lompoc Fire, and CAL FIRE are some of the agencies on scene, but firefighters say some resources will be demobalized around 6:00 p.m.

All evacuations were lifted by Wednesday morning and San Miguelito will reopen at 7:00 Wednesday night.

Firefighters say the estimated cost of the blaze so far is $225,000.

The cause is still under investigation.

For more on this story, watch KSBY News Wednesday night at 6:00.

Photo courtesy: Dylan Damschroder

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7 months ago

Some evacuations lifted for Miguelito Fire in Lompoc

The Lompoc Police Department says some residents, who were evacuated, can return to their homes.

There is still a mandatory evacuation order for people south of Willow Road.

Firefighters say the Miguelito Fire is 5 percent contained. Fire officials say about 700 acres have burned. No homes were destroyed or damaged. No one has been injured.

There's no word yet on when the fire will be out.

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7 months ago

Miguelito Fire in Lompoc grows to 500 acres

More calls for evacuations are going out in Lompoc tonight as a fast-growing brush fire burns in the Miguelito Canyon area.

It broke out around 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon Road. It had burned between 500 and 700 acres as of 5:30 p.m., according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Reverse 911 calls had gone out to 1200 homes and businesses as of 5:45 p.m. Several evacuation orders have been called for, including the area east of 7th Street between Ocean and Sheffield, and south of Olive between G and 7th, according to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

Fire officials say a shift in the wind has caused the fire to start burning toward Highway 1, and Highway 1 was closed.

Multiple agencies have been called in to help battle the blaze, including Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Lompoc Fire, Lompoc Police, Vandenberg Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The main concern for firefighters is that the fire does not reach the city.

A general evacuation shelter is located at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 500 East North Avenue. Red Cross personnel are on scene there for people with medical issues.

If you have animals, head to Lompoc High School.

There was no containment on the fire at last check. The cause is under investigation.

KSBY has a crew at the scene.

Stay with KSBY.com/fire-alert and watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6 for the latest on this developing story.

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7 months ago

UPDATE: Fire spreading in Lompoc; mandatory evacuations underway

Mandatory evacuations remain in place in Lompoc for everyone south of South I at Olive due to a fire that broke out in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon Road Tuesday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. and has burned approximately 200 acres and as of 4:15 p.m., was spreading. Two-hundred structures in the area are threatened.

Live power lines are also down and winds are approximately 15 mph in the area.

Multiple agencies have been called in to help battle the blaze, including Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Lompoc fire, Lompoc police, Vandenberg fire, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The main concern for firefighters is that the fire does not reach the city.

A general evacuation shelter is located at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 500 East North Avenue. Red Cross personnel are on scene there for people with medical issues.

If you have animals, head to Lompoc High School.

The fire is 0 percent contained and the cause is under investigation.

KSBY has a crew at the scene.

Stay with KSBY.com and watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6 for the latest on this developing story.

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7 months ago

Evacuations underway in Lompoc because of fire

Evacuations are underway in Lompoc because of a brush fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon.

People living in the area bordered by the city limits to the south, Olive to the north, E to the east, and L to the west have been told to evacuate.

City officials say the Dick DeWees Community Center has been set up as a temporary relocation center.

The fire has burned approximately 50 acres and was spreading.

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7 months ago

Crews responding to vegetation fire in Lompoc

Crews are responding to reports of a vegetation fire in Lompoc.

The fire reportedly broke out shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Miguelito Canyon, south of Lompoc.

As of 2:20 p.m., 50 acres were burning. It is heading toward heavy brush and is being pushed by winds, fire officials say. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says structures are threatened and an evacuation is underway from the 2500 block of Miguelito Canyon Road to Cypress.

They are fighting it on the ground and from the air.

Power lines are down in the area.

KSBY has a crew heading to the scene.

Stay with KSBY and KSBY.com for updates as they become available.

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