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Rucker Fire now 80 percent contained, down to 441 acres

Watch as intense smoke from Rucker Fire rises near Lompoc

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

The cause of the Rucker Fire near Lompoc remains unknown, as the fire shrunk from 600 acres Friday night to 441 acres Saturday morning. It is now 80 percent contained, Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.

Eliason said 150 homes are still threatened, and 551 firefighters remain on the scene to battle the blaze, though all evacuation orders have been lifted.

“Those numbers are going to continue to go down this afternoon and into tomorrow,” Eliason said shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The fire first sprung up Friday afternoon, in the 2200 block of Rucker Road, in the La Purisima area north of Lompoc. First responders reported a tree on fire and that power lines were possibly involved. Over the next several hours, the fire would grow from 100 acres to 600, resulting in an evacuation notice being sent to 890 phone lines.

Eliason said authorities are asking home owners to keep an eye out for embers that may land on their property.

“Hopefully we’ll be in good shape by (Sunday),” Eliason said.

Tom Bolton, Noozhawk reporter, contributed to this report.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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

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.

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