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Brush fire stops traffic on Highway 101 north of Buellton

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UPDATE (4:20 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire officials say the final acreage of the fire along Highway 101, known as the Woodchopper Fire, was 21.7 acres. Two electrical boom trucks were destroyed. The cause is under investigation.

The size of the fire on Cat Canyon Road was revised to 2.2 acres. The cause of that fire is also under investigation.

UPDATE (1:35 p.m.) - Lanes were reopened shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Traffic on Highway 101 about a mile north of Highway 154 was stopped Thursday afternoon because of a vehicle fire that spread to the vegetation alongside the freeway.

The fire was reported just before 11:30 a.m. along the northbound lanes.

Officials closed all northbound and southbound lanes at about 12:20 p.m. when the fire crossed the highway. Fire officials say power lines are also down in the area.

An inmate firefighting crew on the way to Southern California stopped to help put out the vehicle fire. Water-dropping helicopters have also been called in to assist.

Santa Barbara County Fire says the fire has burned five acres. 

Fire officials say an air attack unit assigned to the fire spotted another fire burning along the 6800 block of Cat Canyon Road. It's reportedly in the same area where approximately 15 acres burned on Tuesday. 

The fire on Cat Canyon Road has burned four acres. Fire officials say it is not related to the fire along Highway 101.

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