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Vegetation fire breaks out along Highway 101 near Buellton

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Oct 06, 2023

UPDATE (3:49 p.m.) - Fire officials report that forward progress of the fire has been stopped and it is 10% contained.
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UPDATE (3:35 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County Fire reports the brush fire burning off Highway 101 south of Buellton is now 97 acres.

According to County Fire PIO Scott Safechuck, firefighting air tankers and a helicopter are being released, and crews expect to have forward progress of the fire stopped in the next hour.
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UPDATE (3 p.m.) - The fire is now estimated at 65 acres. Santa Barbara County Fire officials say crews are making good progress.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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UPDATE (2 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County fire officials say the fire has grown to approximately 45 acres.

Fire officials say the fire is burning near the Nojoqui Grade near Highway 101. One lane heading northbound is closed to traffic. All other lanes are open at this time.
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(1:30 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire that broke out near Buellton Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out at about 12:30 p.m. along Northbound Highway 101 just north of Old Coast Highway.

Fire crews say structures in the area are threatened as the fire has burned approximately 20 acres with a potential for 100 acres.

According to California Highway Patrol, they are working to close lanes along Highway 101 in the area.

Drivers in the area should take caution.

This is a developing story and will be updated when new information becomes available.