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Multiple fires break out near Lompoc, burn nearly 600 acres

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Firefighters battled multiple vegetation fires that broke out in the Mission Hills area near Lompoc on Friday. 

As of 8 p.m., all evacuation orders for the fire have been lifted.

Evacuation notices were earlier sent to approximately 890 phone lines. 

Road closures remain in place: 

  • Harris Grade at Highway 135 and Burton Mesa Road
  • Purisima Road from Rucker Road to Mission Gate
  • Rucker Road at Calle Pasado

Residents of Mission Hills can return to their homes by entering through Burton Mesa to Via Lato. Residents of Calle Nieto and Rucker can park on Via Orilla and walk in.

As of 7:30 p.m., Santa Barbara County Fire reported that nearly 600 acres had burned and the fire was 10 percent contained.

No injuries were reported and no homes were burned. One shed was damaged.

The first fire was reported at about 2:00 p.m. in the area of Purisima Road and Highway 246. Reports of a second fire on Harris Grade at Rucker Road came in just minutes later, according to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Page.

Fire officials said there were three main fires burning but estimated a half-dozen or more fires were sparked initially.

Multiple crews and aircraft were called to help fight the fire. As of 5:30 p.m., 270 firefighters, six fixed-wing aircraft and five helicopters were assigned to the fire.

Santa Barbara County Fire PIO Mike Eliason said firefighters would spend the day on Saturday mostly working on mop up and looking for hot spots.

Santa Barbara County health officials issued an Air Quality Watch because of smoke from the fire.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Raw video of the Rucker Fire:

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