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Firefighters Quickly Contain Central Coast Brush Fire

Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo
A brush fire created a big backup on Highway 101 in northern Santa Barbara County Tuesday afternoon.

No structures were damaged but the fire caused major backup on Highway 101.

A vehicle fire turned into a brush fire on the Central Coast, but Santa Barbara County firefighters were able to stop the flames before they spread out of control.

The fire happened just before 3 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 101 near Los Alamos. A vehicle was completely destroyed by the fire. The fire also moved into nearby brush. Firefighters corralled it at about two acres burned. No structures were damaged, but all of the activity jammed traffic in the area for more than an hour.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.