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A fire that broke out alongside homeless encampments in the Santa Ynez Riverbed near Lompoc was knocked down early Tuesday morning by crews from the Lompoc Fire Department.

Two fire engines and a battalion crew were dispatched around 11:54 p.m. Monday to the scene of the fire, which was located along the riverbed bank near Riverside Drive and Airport Avenue, according to the Lompoc Fire Department. The crews had the fire fully extinguished a little less than two hours later, at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire grew to about 30 feet by 40 feet, according to Lompoc Fire.

No injuries were reported from the fire or the extinguishment of it. Lompoc Fire reported late Tuesday morning that the cause of the fire was undetermined.

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“The Lompoc Fire Department has responded to other encampment fires in the riverbed area,” read a portion of a release sent Tuesday by the Lompoc Fire Department. “These fires pose a significant threat to the camp occupant(s), other nearby camps and the (residents) that live along the riverbed. As the vegetation continues to dry out, we can expect these encampment fires to increase in numbers and significance.”

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at