Santa Barbara County Fire crews contained a brush fire, southeast of Santa Maria and north of the Los Alamos area, at 15 acres Tuesday. 

The blaze, dubbed the Lease fire, began burning just after noon Tuesday near Palmer and Cat Canyon roads. Crews had the fire fully contained by 3 p.m., according to Mike Eliason, County Fire public information officer. 

High winds drove the flames that were burning in grass, according to Eliason, but crews were able to utilize service roads that extended around the perimeter of the fire to help them with suppression efforts. 

At one point, the fire did jump one of the roads and make its way into heavier brush but was quickly extinguished, Eliason said. 

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County Fire was joined by multiple engines, along with two dozers, one hand crew along with officials from Santa Maria Fire and Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire. Three air tankers and one county air support helicopter were assisting in cross-check drops to attack the flames. 

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened during the incident, Eliason said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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