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Fire breaks out off Hwy 166 in New Cuyama area

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Posted at 6:53 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 23:50:35-04

UPDATE (8:48 p.m.) - Caltrans officials say the fire is contained, so each way of Highway 101 is now open. Previously, it was closed to eastbound traffic from Highway 101, north of Santa Maria.
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UPDATE (7:44 p.m.) - Fire officials tweeted the forward progress of the fire has stopped at 130 acres.
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UPDATE (7:07 p.m.) - Fire officials say the fire has burned 100 acres and has the potential to burn up to 200 acres.
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(6:53 p.m.) - Firefighters are responding to a brush fire in the New Cuyama area.

The fire was reported shortly after 6 p.m., burning off Highway 166, west of Highway 33.

Santa Barbara County Fire officials say the fire has burned about 20 to 25 acres of grass. No structures are threatened.

The fire is reportedly burning at a moderate rate of spread.

Motorists should expect delays and possible road closures in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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