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Fire breaks, rain tames Bear Creek Fire

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Bear Creek Fire on Vandenberg's South Base-1,253 total acres burned-is now 90 percent contained, according to Vandenberg Fire Department officials.

"A few small pockets remain but nothing is threatening the line," said Wayne Seda, assistant fire chief at Vandenberg's Fire Department.

Successful burnout operations Friday evening, which reinforced established fire breaks, as well as steady rain throughout the night were key to firefighting operations.

"We'll be doing some extra break line reinforcement this morning and we'll monitor what remains of the fire throughout the day," said Seda.

Officials expect 100 percent containment by this evening.

The Bear Creek Fire, caused by an arcing power line, ignited brushland on Vandenberg's South Base around 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. High winds at the time contributed to the rapid spread of the fire.

At one point more than 170 firefighters and emergency response personnel were fighting the fire. Assistance came in from fire departments and agencies throughout Santa Barbara County to include the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office and the California Highway Patrol.