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Firefighters Have Upper Hand On Central Coast Brush Fire

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(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)
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A firefighter battling the Range Fire north of Lake Cachuma early Monday morning.

Firefighters now have the upper hand on a brush fire burning in a remote area of the Central Coast. What’s being called the Range Fire has burned about 100 acres of land in the Santa Ynez Valley. The blaze is north of Lake Cachuma, in the Happy Canyon Road area. No structures are threatened.

The fire started about 10:30 Sunday night, and its glow was visible for miles. Andrew Madsen, with the U.S. Forest Service, says most of the land burned is in the Los Padres National Forest.

Firefighters stopped the grow of the fire early Monday morning, and had 50% containment by midday Monday. The cause of the blaze is 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.