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Brush Fire In Los Padres National Forest Burns Nearly 900 Acres; Full Containment Still Days Away

Fire burning northeast of Santa maria has charred about 900 actres of land in Los Padres National Forest

Nearly 500 firefighters are battling a brush fire in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County.  Close to 900 acres of brush has been blackened by the Front Fire, which is now 30% contained.

It’s burning about 30 miles northeast of Santa Maria, near Rock Front Ranch. Containment could be tough because of rugged terrain.

The fire started Sunday afternoon. The cause is still under investigation.

No structures have been damaged, but some major power lines north of the blaze are at risk. The fire closed Highway 166 overnight, but it reopened this afternoon. It could be late this week before the blaze is fully contained.

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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