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Containment Up To 50% On 12,000 Acre Santa Barbara County Brush Fire

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Containment up to 50% on Santa Barbara County's Canyon brush fire

Even as firefighters try to cope with the sadness over losing one of their own in a traffic accident, they are continuing to make progress in dealing with Santa Barbara County’s Canyon Fire.

The 12,000 acre blaze on Vandenberg Air Force Base is now 50% contained.

More than a thousand firefighters are involved in efforts to stop the fire, which has been burning since Saturday night. 

No structures have been destroyed.

One firefighter was killed, and a second injured when a water tanker used for firefighting overturned Wednesday morning on Highway 246 just outside of Lompoc. 

Ventura County firefighter Ryan Osler was pronounced dead at the scene.

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. 
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