200-plus acres burned near Buellton; overnight firefighting efforts bring containment to 30%

  • Source: Lompoc Record
  • Published: 09/10/2019 11:46 AM

Favorable weather conditions and the overnight work of firefighters allowed crews to hold the McMurray fire at 200 acres, according to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason. Containment was at 30% Tuesday morning. Multiple fires sparked along northbound Highway 101 in Buellton on Monday afternoon in an incident later dubbed the McMurray fire. Highway 101 was closed to northbound traffic from State Route 246 to Highway 154 for two hours due to the fire and firefighting efforts. More than 200 acres in the Buellton area were charred Monday afternoon after several small vegetation fires ignited along Highway 101 and quickly spread in windy conditions across the Santa Ynez Valley foothills. Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Daniel Bertucelli said multiple air takers, engines, dozers and hundreds of firefighters were attacking the fire, and that crews were expected to continue firefighting efforts overnight.


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