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VANDENBERG AFB WILDLAND FIRE - UPDATE

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

As of 7:00 a.m., the Canyon Fire has burned 12,353 acres. The fire is now 50 percent contained and 1,056 firefighters from Vandenberg AFB, U.S. Forestry, Cal Fire, and Santa Barbara County Fire are combating the blaze.

Crews saw very little growth in the fire overnight, due in part to the heavy marine layer and calm winds. This allowed ground teams to further bolster containment lines along base boundaries and around key launch support facilities. Firefighting aircraft are expected to return to the area this morning to battle the blaze ahead of anticipated increases in wind speed, which could gust as high as 30mph later in the week.

More information to follow as the situation develops.

For updates please check the Vandenberg AFB website at www.vandenberg.af.mil.