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Vegetation fire breaks out near Santa Maria Thursday afternoon

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Jul 20, 2023

UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) - Forward progress of the Cat Fire has been stopped, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Firefighters on the ground will continue working to finalize containment lines.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(4:56 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire near Santa Maria.

The fire broke out at about 4:25 p.m. in the area of the 6000 block of Cat Canyon Road.

Fire officials report that there is a power line down in the area of 6730 Palmer Road.

As of 5 p.m., fire officials report 5 acres have burned so far.

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