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1000 Acre Plus Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County 98% Contained; Full Containment Expected Next Week

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
Land charred by the Front brush fire northeast of Santa Maria

Firefighters say a thousand acre brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County is close to full containment.

The Front Fire is now 98% contained. No structures have been destroyed by the blaze, which has charred an estimated1,014 acres of land. Full containment is expected by the middle of next week.

The fire started last Sunday afternoon off of Highway 166, about 30 miles northeast of Santa Maria. The cause is still under investigation.

With firefighters having the upper hand on the blaze, the number of personnel involved in firefighting efforts has been downsized from more than 600 to a little over 200.

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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