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Evacuation orders lifted for 600-acre brush fire near Lompoc

Rucker Fire burns near Mission Hills area of Lompoc

The Rucker Fire in the Mission Hills area of Lompoc, California, burned hundreds of acres when it erupted on Friday, September 29, 2017.
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The Rucker Fire in the Mission Hills area of Lompoc, California, burned hundreds of acres when it erupted on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Update, 8 p.m.

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, Eliason said. Some roads closures remain in effect for firefighter safety.

Update, 7:25 p.m.

Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason said the 600-acre blaze is 10 percent contained. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.

Update: 7:05 p.m.

The Lompoc Police Department says that all streets closed within the city due to the Rucker Fire have been reopened. The blaze has grown to 570 acres.

Update, 5:40 p.m.

The Lompoc Airport is closed and being used to support firefighting operations, according to the City of Lompoc.

Caltrans District 5 also reported Highway 1 at Harris Grade Road north of Lompoc is closed because of the fire.

Update, 5:15 p.m.

According to Santa Barbara County, the following road closures are currently in effect:

  • Rucker Road and Purisima Road are closed.
  • Harris Grade Road from Highway 135 to Burton Mesa Road is closed.
  • Purisima Road from Highway 246 to Highway 1 is closed.
  • Mission Gate Road from Purisima Road to Highway 246 is closed.

Update, 4 p.m.

The Rucker Fire has burned approximately 300 acres and is zero percent contained, according to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason.

Eliason confirmed that multiple structures are threatened and three separate fires are currently burning.

Smoke from the Rucker Fire in Lompoc, California, engulfed the Central Coast town as evacuations were ordered Friday, September 29, 2017.

Update 3:45 p.m.

A Red Cross evacuation shelter will open at 4 p.m. at Lompoc High School at 515 W. College Ave., according to the Santa Barbara County twitter account.

Those who need assistance with animal evacuations can call 805-681-4332. Only service animals will be allowed inside the shelter.

Vandenberg Middle School students who live in the Mesa Oaks, Mission Hills, Highlands and Bluffs neighborhoods were not able to ride the bus home and should be picked up at the school’s multipurpose room, according to a release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

The evacuation notice sent out Friday went to about 890 phone lines, the release said.

The fires reportedly have grown to 200 to 300 acres.

The Rucker Fire threatens structures near Rucker Road and Via Orilla near Lompoc on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. It was one of three fires burning in the area Friday afternoon.

Original story

Evacuations were ordered Friday afternoon after firefighters responded to a series of vegetation fires in the La Purisima area north of Lompoc.

Crews were dispatched shortly after 2 p.m. to the 2200 block of Rucker Road, and the first personnel on scene reported a large tree on fire and possible power lines involved.

There also were reports of as many as six other small fires in the area, according to emergency radio traffic.

A second alarm was called shortly after the first, bringing more resources to the incident. The rapidly expanding fire has burned 100 acres, with 50 to 100 structures threatened.

Winds were reported to be 10 to 15 mph.

People in the area were ordered to evacuate, according to radio traffic.

The evacuation area reportedly extended from Harris Grade Road east to Cebada Canyon, north of Purisima Road.

Two helicopters and two air tankers were requested, and more resources were en route.

A power plant in the area also reportedly was threatened by flames.

Additional details were not immediately available.

You can’t predict when disaster will strike, so make sure you have a plan. Here are nine things you can do to prepare for a future evacuation.

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