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Forward progress stopped of vegetation fire burning near Santa Maria

Posted at 3:02 PM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 01:55:55-05

UPDATE (6:17 P.M.) - Forward progress of the Garey Fire has been stopped, according to fire officials.

The fire has burned 13 acres and is 50% contained.

Crews expect full containment by Sunday morning, but crews will stay on scene to mop up.

ORIGINAL STORY (2:54 P.M.) - Fire crews are working to contain a vegetation fire in the area of Foxen Canyon Road and Orcutt Garey Road near Santa Maria Saturday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, crews received initial reports of the vegetation fire shortly before 2 p.m.

Firefighters en route to the scene said they saw smoke coming from the area. Upon arrival, fire officials said they found two to three acres of vegetation burning at a moderate rate of spread.

According to fire authorities, the Garey Fire has the potential to reach five to six acres.

Santa Barbara County Fire officials said Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services have sent an air tanker to the scene to assist ground crews.

A road system in the area is helping fire crews contain the vegetation fire, according to officials.

So far, there are no reports of injuries or structures damaged or threatened by the fire, the spokesperson said.

Fire crews will remain at the scene for several hours to work on knocking down the vegetation fire, said fire department officials.