Vandenberg Air Force Base Brush Fire Grows to 110 Acres

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Update by edhat staff
9:00 p.m., September 16, 2020
 

Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of a brush fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) that grew to 110 acres on Wednesday.

VAFB firefighters supported by Santa Barbara County firefighters responded around 12:40 p.m. off Highway 1 near San Antonio Road. Initial reports stated the fire was around one acre and produced a lot of smoke with visible flames.

Air support was called in to assist with the fire, now called the San Antonio Fire, as it continued to grow on the base. There were no structures threatened but some buildings were evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

Fire officials reported 10% containment of the fire and forward progress had been stopped around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. It's currently estimated to have burned 110 acres.

More information will be added as soon as it's available.

Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD


By an edhat reader
12:43 p.m., September 16, 2020
 

The scanner is reporting another brush fire off Highway 1 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The fire is near Highway 1 and Firefighter Road.

A garbage truck is pulled over on the right-hand side of the road with flames nearby. It's unclear if the truck is related to the fire.

Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD

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a-1600285843 Sep 16, 2020 12:50 PM
Vandenberg Air Force Base Brush Fire Grows to 110 Acres

UPDATE from SBCounty Fire: Vandenberg fire on scene of a 1 acre brush fire at Hwy 1 and San Antonio Rd with moderate rate of spread uphill. No structures threatened. County type 3s, crew, dozers, and copter 4 are enroute to assist.

John Wiley Sep 16, 2020 10:17 PM
Vandenberg Air Force Base Brush Fire Grows to 110 Acres

Smelled woody smoke just before 10pm so we closed windows and turned on box fan "air filter," then started looking for sources. Thought maybe it's someone with a fireplace, but then saw fire detections in the VAFB/Lompoc area on two sites. Right now the NOAA site's showing a considerable smoke plume too, if you turn on the stuff below the left column's HRRR category. Guess that fire's still going? Anyone have more info? https://hwp-viz.gsd.esrl.noaa.gov/smoke/

John Wiley Sep 16, 2020 10:42 PM
Vandenberg Air Force Base Brush Fire Grows to 110 Acres

4mi. visibility in haze & smoke at SBA, Lomoc Airport's 200' ceiling 1.5mi. vis. in haze with a gentle breeze from the North. Guess nobody else is noticing this, so I'm back to other stuff. :)

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