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Containment Tops 80% For Central Coast Brush Fire; Firefighting Efforts Being Downscaled

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
About 400 personnel are now involved in efforts to contain the Front brush fire in Santa Barbara County

Containment is now up to 83% on a brush fire that started last weekend on the Central Coast.

The Front Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest about 30 miles northeast of Santa Maria.

No structures are threatened by the nearly 940 acre blaze, which started last Sunday.

The cause is still under investigation. Full containment is projected for late this weekend.

With continuing progress with the blaze, the number of people involved in battling the fire has dropped from a peak of more than 600 to around 400.

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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