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Brush Fire Closes Major Santa Barbara County Highway

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(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)
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A brush fire burning on San Marcos Pass Monday afternoon

Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a brush fire on San Marcos Pass in Santa Barbara County which closed Highway 154. The blaze is in the area of Highway 154 and West Camino Cielo. It was reported just after 4:30 Monday afternoon, and was visible from Santa Barbara. It was at one point reported to be 15 acres, but was later downgraded to around five.

Santa Barbara County firefighters used a helicopter to attack the blaze. The shutdown impacted traffic for thousands of commuters.

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.