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Brush Fire Forces Evacuations In Santa Barbara County; Holding At 50 Acres, Highway 101 Reopened

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A brush fire Thursday closed Highway 101, and forced some evacuations. The highway was reopened by 7:30 Thursday night.

Firefighters have made progress in dealing with a brush fire which at one point closed Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County Thursday, and forced the evacuation of some campgrounds. The fire is off of Highway 101, in the area of El Capitan State Beach. It’s an area about 10 miles west of Goleta.

The fire was discovered at about 4:30 p.m. The wind pushed the fire south, towards the ocean and not towards Goleta. Firefighters were able to stop the spread of the blaze, and as of 8 p.m. it was holding at around 50 acres burned.

Highway 101 was closed for more than two hours, but reopened at around 7:30 p.m. Passenger and freight train service through the area was also temporarily suspended. There are no reports of injuries, or structure damage.

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.