Posted: 19 Nov 2010 10:29 AM PST
A brisk wind fueled a prescribed burn on Figueroa Mountain Tuesday night, causing it to jump its lines and burn about 20 additional acres before fire personnel brought it under control.Embers from the prescribed burn, part of a bigger forest maintenance project by the Los Padres National Forest to clear dry, dead underbrush from the mountain's steep slopes, escaped the planned burn area about 9:30 p.m. after a brief 10 to 15 mph wind whipped up unexpectedly. 150 firefighters were quickly ordered, including resources from CALFIRE, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Vandenberg Air Force Base and several crews from CDC. A structure protection group from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department was on scene, in case Tunnel Ranch, a small nearby community of 13 residents and 10 structures, became threatened.###
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