CREWS FIGHT VANDENBERG AFB WILDLAND FIRE
30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 18, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Close to 800 Vandenberg AFB, U.S. Forestry Service, CalFire, and Santa Barbara County fire fighters continue to battle the nearly 500 acre wildland fire on south Vandenberg, Sept. 18.
In addition to the hand-crews and bulldozers, air assets are expected to rejoin Sunday morning according to Vandenberg Fire Chief Clem Marrero.
“We’re using Santa Barbara County helicopters and aircraft based out of Santa Maria and Paso Robles airports,” said Marrero.
Though our facilities are intact, some power lines have been damaged as the fire is located in a remote canyon between Arguello and Santa Ynez Ridge Roads.
“The team work exhibited between the Santa Barbara County, CalFire, U.S. Forestry Service and Air Force firefighters is why we have been as successful as we have been fighting this blaze,” said Lt. Col. Edward Simpson, Emergency Operations Center Director. “We are grateful to have their support.”
The launch of an Atlas V rocket was scheduled for lift off on Sept. 18 with a commercial imaging satellite.
More information to follow as the situation develops.