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Brush Fire On Central Coast Burns 900 Acres; Control Still Days Away

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
Firefighters dealing with the Front Fire, in the Los Padres National Forest

A brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest northeast of Santa Maria is still out of control, but showed little growth Tuesday.

The Front Fire has burned about 900 acres of land, with containment at 29%.

The fire started Sunday afternoon, and at one point closed Highway 166. The highway reopened Monday afternoon. No structures are reported to be threatened. The blaze is difficult for firefighters to battle because of rugged terrain in the area.

Aircraft are being used to try to hit hotspots. The cause of the fire 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. 
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