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Brush Fire Burning In Los Padres National Forest In Santa Barbara County

Firefighters are battling a 20 acre plus brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest, west of Santa Barbara. The fire was discovered just after 3:30 p.m. off of Refugio Road, on the ocean side of the mountains.

Andrew Madsen, with the Forest Service, says they have three helicopters and seven air tankers en route to fighting the fire. So far, no homes have been evacuated from the remote area.

Firefighters say the weather is cooperating, with the temperature in the 60’s, and humidity in the 40% range. Wind is reported to be light. However, the fire is burning in rugged terrain which may be difficult for firefighters to reach on foot.

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.