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Wildfire scorches 12 acres in Santa Ynez Valley

Fire crews with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Los Padres National Forest responded to a brush fire in the Santa Ynez Valley. The fire burned approximately 12 acres of dry grass.

The fire broke out before 1:19 p.m. Friday near 4086 East Oak Trail Road. Fire officials said it was initially threatening structures in the area and 10 homes were evacuated. No structures or homes had any major fire damage.

Air support from two air tankers and a helicopter made it possible for crews to make water drops on the fire which helped stop the fire’s forward progress.

By 5:30 p.m., the fire was 100 percent contained. Crews remained on scene mopping up hot spots in the area.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A specific area was marked off to look for the fires origin.

Santa Barbara County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Alderete said “defensible space” around the homes helped firefighters get in for structure protection. He said it made a clear difference in the fire fight.

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