Fire breaks out along Hwy 1 near Vandenberg AFB

Fire breaks out along Hwy 1 near Vandenberg AFB
Posted at 1:30 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 18:16:01-04

UPDATE (4:11 p.m.) - Vandenberg Air Force Base says the San Antonio Fire does not pose any danger to the main base and no structures are threatened.

While the base refers to the fire as small, some buildings, including Vandenberg Middle School, have been evacuated "out of an abundance of caution."

Drops on the fire were being made from the air while crews also battled the flames on the ground.

Highway 1 remains open but San Antonio Road East is closed until further notice.

ORIGINAL STORY: A fire that broke out on Highway 1 near Vandenberg Air Force Base is impacting traffic in the area.

Firefighters were called to the scene along the northbound side of the highway near San Antonio Road West at around 12:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Initial reports were that flames were visible along the righthand side of the road.

Lanes were being closed down on the highway shortly after 1 p.m.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the Lompoc Unified School District said base officials ordered Vandenberg Middle School to evacuate due to the fire.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is assisting Vandenberg Fire since the fire is burning on base property.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.


Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.