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UPDATE: Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base now 70% contained

Posted at 10:14 PM, Jun 13, 2019

(UPDATE 9:50 p.m.) – A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon on Vandenberg Air Force Base was 70 percent contained as of 9:45 p.m.

Base officials said firefighters would be monitoring the fire throughout the night but that active firefighting efforts were stopped shortly after 9 p.m.

Crews will work again Friday morning to fully contain the fire.

A possible cause has not been released.


(UPDATE: 6:50 p.m.) – Forward progress has been stopped on the fire that broke out in an unpopulated area of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Incident Commander and Battalion Chief Dionicio Dehoyos says firefighters will remain on scene to work on containment.

The Rancho Fire burned 150 acres. The fire was first reported at 2:48 p.m.

No structures were threatened.

Santa Barbara County Fire sent 4 engines, 2 dozers, 1 copter, 1 crew, 1 water tender, 1 battalion chief and 1 division chief to assist VAFB firefighters.

(Original Story) 5:25 p.m. – Crews from Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a wildfire on base late Thursday afternoon.

Air Force officials said the fire was burning in an unpopulated area on the northern part of the base near Point Sal and El Rancho Rd.

The fire has reportedly burned 100 acres. Officials said no buildings are endangered.

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

The fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base as seen from Casmalia. (Photo courtesy Joe A. Garcia)