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Brush fire closes major Central Coast highway for three hours

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A brush fire closed Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley for about three hours Sunday.

No structures damaged by Sunday blaze in Santa Ynez Valley.

A brush fire closed a normally busy Central Coast highway for three hours.

The fire was reported just after 11 a.m. Sunday, near the intersection of Highway 151 and Paradise Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. The fire was reported to be two or three acres in size. No structures were threatened.

The blaze closed Highway 154 to Paradise Road for about three hours. The timing was bad, because it’s normally busy on weekends with tourists and vacationers visiting Lake Cachuma, wineries, and Solvang.

Firefighters aided by aircraft knocked down the blaze in about three hours. It was later mapped at less than an acre burned. There’s no word on the cause of the fire.

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.