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Grass fire breaks out near Vandenberg; 1 lane of Hwy. 1 closed

A 10- to 15-acre vegetation fire was burning near Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
A 10- to 15-acre vegetation fire was burning near Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

A vegetation fire was burning near Highway 1 and Santa Lucia Canyon Road near Vandenberg Village on Thursday afternoon.

Personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Lompoc Fire Department were dispatched to the incident at 4:15 p.m. Shortly after arriving, firefighters estimated the blaze had burned between 10 to 15 acres.

The remote area is near Vandenberg Air Force Base, and is a few miles west of Vandenberg Village and north of the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex employee housing and facilities.

One southbound lane of Highway 1 was closed in the area of Santa Lucia Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Northbound lanes were open, but drivers should use caution and watch for emergency vehicles, Caltrans said on Twitter.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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