Firefighters are hoping they can get the upper hand today on a brush fire which threatened hundreds of homes, and blackened about 600 acres of brush in the Lompoc area.
The Miguelito Fire is now 50% contained. It began at about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on the 2500 block of San Miguelito Road, and spread rapidly. The reverse 911 system was used to order the evacuations of about 200 homes south of Lompoc.
Santa Barbara County firefighters quickly moved to protect homes and other structures in the area, and while it continued to grow, no structures have been reported destroyed, or damaged. All evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday night. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were grounded by darkness overnight, but the hope is they will be able to help firefighters get to the blaze today, because it’s burning in some rugged areas.
Firefighters got a break with the blaze overnight, with little wind. The forecast is for more hot, dry weather today, but only light wind is predicted for the fire zone.
550 firefighters are reported to be fighting the blaze today.
***POST UPDATED 8:03 am–revised containment, staffing and acreage figures.