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Oct 29, 2010 6:51 PM by Monica Quintero

Bear Creek fire looks bigger but firefighters say there's a reason

The fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base is bigger on Friday than it was on Thursday, but firefighters say there's a reason.

Vandenberg says it has scorched around 320 acres and is now 15 percent contained.

Firefighters are hoping to have it fully contained by Saturday.

The fire started Thursday afternoon off of Bear Creek Road east of Arguello Boulevard in Santa Barbara County.

The base says an arching power line sparked the blaze.

What's been difficult for firefighters is the unexploded devices.

The area the Bear Creek fire is located in was a practice range in World War II and many of the explosives are still buried.

Leutinant Ann Blodzinski, Deputy Chief of Public Affairs for Vandenberg Air Force Base, said, "The local population will probably see a much larger smoke plume then they saw on Thursday. But that's good because we're purposely burning that area."

Vandenberg says for the most part, it was business as usual at the base.

However, some people couldn't get into portions of the south base.

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