VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
June 14, 2019 Updates:
(4:29 p.m. PT)
Fire crews reached 100 percent containment of the Rancho Fire at 3:11 p.m., and all assets have been released.
Chief Mark Smith, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron battalion chief, took over as the incident commander in the early morning hours June 14, 2019.
“Our partnerships with local and county emergency personnel are vital in fighting wildland fires on Vandenberg,” said Smith. “The teamwork and dedication these men and women have shown fighting this fire is the reason we were able to contain it so quickly.”
Approximately 102 firefighters from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron and Santa Barbara County Fire Department were involved in the containment of this fire. They were assisted by members from the 30th Security Forces Squadron and U.S. Forest Service personnel.
"Words cannot express the pride that is felt by watching these teams come together so swiftly and effectively," said Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander. "The response to this incident is truly indicative of the strength of our bonds with our local counterparts."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
(3:26 p.m. PT)
The Rancho Fire has been 100% contained.
(2:56 p.m. PT)
All county firefighters and resources have been released. Vandenberg firefighters are continuing to work toward full containment.
(11:45 a.m. PT)
Responders are close to full containment. Notifications will be made once the fire has been fully contained.
(7:15 a.m. PT)
Firefighters and other incident personnel reviewed an incident action plan. Firefighting efforts will resume shortly with objectives to provide firefighter and public safety at all times and protect our property and natural resources. Our responders remain diligent and focused on the mission at hand.
June 13, 2019 Updates:
(9:48 p.m. PT)
The wildfire that was reported near Point Sal and El Rancho Road on North Vandenberg has been 70% contained.
Firefighters will be monitoring the Rancho Fire throughout the night, but active firefighting efforts have ceased as of 9:15 p.m. Pacific Time.
The efforts to fully contain the fire will resume tomorrow morning.
Updates to follow as it becomes available.
(7:05 p.m. PT)
The fire has been 70% contained.
(6:47 p.m. PT)
The wildfire that was reported near Point Sal and El Rancho Road on North Vandenberg at 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time has grown to 150 acres.
According to Chief Dionicio Dehoyos, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron battalion chief and incident commander, forward progress on the Rancho fire has stopped.
Firefighters continue to work toward containment.
Base structures remain unaffected.
Vandenberg AFB firefighters responded to the Rancho Fire at 2:48 p.m. The first person arrived on scene at 2:59 p.m.
The incident is ongoing.
(5:17 p.m. PT)
Fire crews from Vandenberg Air Force Base have responded to a wildfire near Point Sal and El Rancho Road and are currently working to contain the fire.
The fire has consumed approximately 100 acres in an unpopulated area of North Vandenberg, and no buildings are endangered.
There are 55 military fire department personnel from Vandenberg AFB and 40 Santa Barbara County Fire Department personnel on-scene along with six members from the 30th Space Wing Security Forces Squadron.
Vandenberg AFB has deployed 16 vehicles, and Santa Barbara County has deployed two helicopters, two fixed-wing aircraft and 22 vehicles in response to this event.
More information will be made available as the situation develops.