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Containment Now at 100% On Central Coast Brush Fire Which Threatened Some Homes

Mike Eliason
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
A Santa Barbara County helicopter makes a water drop Sunday afternoon on the Caballo Fire, in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Blaze burns nearly 70 acres.

Firefighters now have full containment of a brush fire which caused a big scare on the Central Coast, at one point threatening some homes.

The blaze started in the Santa Ynez Valley northeast of Los Olivos and around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Some homes near Caballo Lane were threatened, which forced some evacuations.

Santa Barbara County firefighters aided by air tankers and helicopters were able to stop the spread of the flames by about 5 p.m. Monday. Crews patrolled the area looking for smoldering hot spots Tuesday, with full containment coming at around 6 p.m.

No structures were destroyed, but a barn was heavily damaged. The cause of the nearly 70 acre blaze is under investigation.

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.