Crews battling wildfire on Vandenberg Air Force Base property

380 acres burned, 80 percent containment

Encelados Fire

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. - [Update 5:45 p.m.] - The Encelados Fire is currently 80 percent contained and forward progress has been stopped. The fire has been burning since Friday morning and scorched over 300 acres.


Crews with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, and Vandenberg Air Force Base are battling a brush fire that broke out on base property at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The Encelados Fire, named for the base road near the location of the fire, is burning on the main base off of El Rancho Road near El Rancho Lateral Road.

The fire burned a reported 380 acres as it headed towards the ocean west of the base. It is 50 percent contained according to fire officials. The fire's forward progress has been stopped.

No base facilities have been damaged and all personnel not fighting this fire were evacuated, according to a news release by Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Railroad service was temporarily shut down through the area due to the fire.

The cause of the Encelados Fire is under investigation.

No further details were immediately known.


Editor's Note: The fire was originally called and referred by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as the Ensalada Fire. The name modification has been changed in this article to reflect the proper spelling.

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