A downed power pole sparked a brush fire at the Vandenberg Space Force Base that had burned roughly 50 acres on Tuesday afternoon, according to public affairs officials at the base.
Santa Barbara County Fire crews were assisting with the fire that was first reported at 13th Street and Watt Avenue at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the county fire department.
The fire was deemed the Watt Fire, and was not threatening any structures or homes. The wind-driven fire had burned about 50 acres by 6 p.m. when forward progress had been stopped, said County Fire Capt. Scott Safechuck.
Weather conditions pushed drift smoke from the fire towards Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills area north of Lompoc, said county fire spokesman Mike Eliason, adding that there are no other fires in the area.