Wildfire

Crews battling brush fire south of Vandenberg Air Force Base

Fire on Vandenberg property burns...

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. - Fire crews battled a brush fire that broke out south of Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday afternoon.

The fire was reportedly burning near Sudden Ranch and Miguelito Canyon. It burned approximately 120 acres.

Downed power lines have been reported in the area. A full fire response was requested for this incident.

"We came out and checked the fire.. we got one of the alerts," rancher Christina Spencer said. 

Christina Spencer and her boyfriend have a ranch close by to where over a hundred acres burned on the south side of Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

"Usually when all of us ranchers hear about this stuff we work together to get all of our equipment..
cattle, animals, horses, out of the way, everything," Spencer said.   

A road closure and Vandenberg warning signs kept Spencer away from the fire.

"Definitely nervous because of last year's fire," Spencer said. .  

Spencer was relieved, that this time, their nearby ranch wasn't threatened. 

"So we came out here to check the cattle, last year we had the Canyon Fire and we had to move our cattle.. our neighbors had to move their cattle as well," Spencer said. 

By 5 p.m. Friday, firefighters had stopped forward progress and started the mop up process. 

"Anytime there's a fire alert out here we get pretty anxious, pretty nervous," Spencer said.  

Vandenberg officials say no facilities or infrastructure were damaged in the fire as it burned in a remote area of the base's property.

The fire's forward progress was stopped as of 3:40 p.m., according to emergency traffic radio.

"The fire crews are now in the middle of 'cleaning up' to extinguish any hot spots and the fire's forward progress has stopped," read a Vandenberg Air Force Base statement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No further details were immediately known. Check back for updates.


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