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Brush fire burning in Santa Ynez Mountain range on Gaviota coastline

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A brush fire was spotted in the mountains above the Santa Ynez Valley Monday afternoon.

Blaze putting up huge plume of smoke visible in much of Central Santa Barbara County

A brush fire is burning in the mountains above the Santa Ynez Valley.

The fire was spotted a little after 2 p.m. in the Refugio Peak area. The exact start area of the fire is unclear. Firefighters are approaching the blaze from both sides of the Santa Ynez Mountains. An estimated 50 to 100 acres of brush has burned.

The fire comes as high wind is predicted for the mountains. Wind in 30 to 40 mile an hour range is being reported. Andrew Madsen, with the U.S. Forest Service, tells KCLU News says some of the brush in the area hasn't burned in years.

The area is sparsely populated, but there are some ranches in the area.

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.