Over the weekend, a series of vegetation fires near Lompoc burned approximately 441 acres. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, a malfunctioning vehicle is being blamed for sparking the fires. Initial reports indicate that pieces of catalytic converters were found at the scene of the fire. The blaze was reportedly started in the 2200 block of Rucker Road. The fires initially broke out on Friday, and by Sunday evening, the flames had destroyed 441 acres, and the blaze was about 90 percent contained.
Winds picked up embers that caused flare-ups around La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and other nearby areas. Community members in high-risk zones were evacuated. As the winds picked up, crews reported that there were up to 10 separate fires. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.