Wildfire burns remote area in Central Coast

August 10, 2009 9:51:49 AM PDT
Firefighters are still battling a brushfire in northern Santa Barbara County that has burned 10,500 acres.

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Forest Service spokeswoman Vicki Collins says the blaze grew by 500 acres overnight and could become even more active Monday afternoon when highs could reach 98 degrees with 20-mph wind gusts.

The fire is burning in a remote area of the San Rafael Wilderness, about 25 miles east of Santa Maria.

No homes are threatened and no injuries are reported but a dozen campgrounds were evacuated after the fire erupted on Saturday.

Collins says about 600 firefighters aided by water-dropping aircraft are fighting the blaze in steep terrain. The fire is burning through 6-foot-tall chaparral that last burned in 1922.

The cause hasn't been determined.

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