Firefighters battling 500-acre blaze east of Cuyama

CUYAMA, Calif. - Cal Fire crews are battling a 500-acre vegetation fire east of Cuyama near the Santa Barbara County and Kern County lines.

The Hudson Fire broke out late Tuesday morning after passersby reported seeing smoke from the roadway.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident log, the fire was located near California State Route 166 near Hudson Ranch.

The fire quickly spread and jumped across Highway 166 and engulfed 300 acres.

By 3 p.m. the blaze had expanded to 500 acres and was 30 percent contained.

Road closures were put in place near Highway 166 and Highway 33 and Cal Trans was escorting drivers through the closed roadways.

Pacific Gas and Electric was called to respond to powerlines affected by the fire.

The Los Padres National Forest Service is assisting Cal Fire and Kern County Fire crews in extinguishing the fire.

We will have more details as they become available.

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