Fire Watch

May 13, 2014 8:58 PM by KSBY Staff

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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