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Evacuation Orders Cancelled For Central Coast Brush Fires; 600+ Acres Burned

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(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
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Fire commanders work to nail down blazes burning in Santa Barbara County, northeast of Lompoc

Firefighters are hoping to get full containment Saturday of a series of fires which have burned 600 acres of brush northeast of Lompoc.

What’s called the Rucker Fire forced a number of evacuations, and threatened a number of homes and other structures.

A series of blazes was reported near Purisma Road and Harris Grade just after 2 p.m. Friday. The fast moving blazes prompted a number of evacuation orders, but firefighters stopped the flames, and all evacuations were cancelled by around eight Friday night.

No homes were damaged. Containment is at 10%. The cause of the fires is still under investigation.

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.