A wildfire near a California military base has continued to burn out of control as fire crews failed to contain it over the weekend.
Nearly 800 firefighters have been deployed to the fire near Vandenberg Air Force Base and reports that “the fire continues to burn in heavy fuel, heavy brush, burning in a north-northwesterly direction” persist, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni.
The canyon fire has grown to 2,260 acres as of Sunday evening, which forced the launch of an Atlas V rocket to be delayed.
According to The Tribune, the fire is some distance from the rocket and is expected to stay contained to the base.
“The fire’s expected to remain on Vandenberg property,” Zaniboni said. “It’s not a threat to any state-responsibility land right now or public land, and they’re hoping to keep it that way.”
“No facilities or infrastructure have been damaged, as the fire is located in a remote canyon between Arguello and Santa Ynez roads, and crews are working to contain the blaze,” Vandenberg AFB said in statement late Saturday. “According to Col. Paul Nosek, Emergency Operations Center commander, no space launch complexes or critical range assets are in immediate danger.”
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