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Firefighters Continue To Work Towards Containment Of 900 Acre Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
Firefighters work on containment of Front Fire northeast of Santa Maria

Firefighters continue to make progress towards full containment of a brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest, in Santa Barbara County.

The Front Fire has been burning since Sunday afternoon in a remote area off of Highway 166 northeast of Santa Maria.  The fire has burned nearly 940 acres of land, and containment is at 61%.

No structures are threatened by the blaze.  Rugged terrain in the area has made the fire tough to fight.  More than 600 people are now involved in the effort, with full containment now projected for late this weekend.

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.