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WASHINGTON INCIDENT FIRE – UPDATE

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- As of 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 23, the fire on North Base is under control. The burn area is estimated to be 215 acres. There was minimal fire activity overnight and the fire crews made good progress establishing precautionary fire breaks and structure defenses for several buildings on the base.

Significant amounts of fire retardant were dropped on parts of North Base by aircraft during the fire response yesterday. Personnel may see the retardant on the ground or buildings. The retardant does not present any health risk. However, it can be an irritant to skin or eyes. Should any base personnel come in contact with the retardant, they should wash their hands and flush their eyes.

The 30th Medical Group continues to monitor the air quality on VAFB. The air quality index is currently “Good” on Vandenberg Air Force Base and in the Lompoc area. During the evening and overnight yesterday, there were periods of “Moderate” readings in both areas. However, levels returned to “Good” this morning.

As for the South Base fire, it remains at 90 percent contained and the fire burn area remains at 12,518 acres. Fire crews will continue mopping up hot spots and monitoring the fire perimeter.

The Command Post has returned to their location in Bldg. 10577. If needed, they can be contacted at 805-606-9961.

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