As many as 25 homes were threatened by a brush fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in Vandenberg Village when an electrical transformer blew up, dropping power lines into brush.

Six engines, a helicopter and one hand crew initially responded to the fire around 1 p.m. in the heavy brush between Clubhouse Road and Deneb Place, west of the Village Country Club golf course, said Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

At that time, the size of the blaze was estimated at half an acre, Zaniboni said.

But with "very strong winds" blowing from the northwest at 20 to 25 mph, the fire grew and reinforcements were called in.

By the time the flames' forward progress had been stopped around 4 p.m., a total of three hand crews and 14 engines were on the scene, including units from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Montecito fire departments.

The fire, which at that time was 10 percent contained, burned a total of approximately 3 acres of brush, but no houses were damaged as a result of a structural defense line formed by engine companies, Zaniboni said.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or others. However, power was knocked out to about 2,000 homes in the area.

Zaniboni said the cause of the fire was determined to be a blown transformer and live electrical wires that fell into the brush.

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