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Air Force Says Vandenberg Air Force Base Launch Facilities Undamaged By September Brush Fire

(U.S. Air Force Photo)
Smoke From Canyon Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base in September

Air Force officials say that a series of checks shows rocket launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base were undamaged by a more than 12,000 acre brush fire last month.

The Canyon Fire was the largest in the base’s history, burning out of control for days before being contained. It led to the postponement of a satellite launch from the base. The rocket and satellite were undamaged, but the flight has yet to be rescheduled.

While the actual launch pads are reported to be undamaged, personnel are still checking different power and fiber lines which support the base facilities.

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.