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Fire burns at least 8 acres near Santa Maria

A vegetation fire covering 8 to 10 acres east of Santa Maria in Cat Canyon was contained within about two hours Monday.

The fire was reported shortly after noon on property owned by ERG California at 6085 Cat Canyon Road, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.

The initial size was 6 to 7 acres with a slow rate of spread, Zaniboni said.

Several engines, hand crews and aircraft were assigned to the blaze, which was burning in a relatively unpopulated area.

At 2 p.m., the fire was reported contained, Zaniboni said.

No structures were threatened, he said, and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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