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300-acre wildfire in Lompoc threatens historic mission; evacuations ordered

300-acre wildfire in Lompoc threatens historic mission; evacuations ordered

About 1,200 residents were ordered to evacuate Monday as a fast-moving 300-acre fire in Lompoc moved dangerously close to homes and a Spanish mission, officials said. As of 6 p.m., the fire was 55% contained. The wildfire started just after 1 p.m. off Burton Mesa Boulevard and was surging toward Cebada Canyon, said Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Because of dry vegetation the area was at high risk, so deputies ordered approximately 1,200 residents in Cebada Canyon, Gypsy Canyon and Tularosa Road to immediately evacuate, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said. Residents in the Mission Hills area were told to prepare to evacuate. ...

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