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A fire that burned 120 acres Friday on Vandenberg Air Force Base property south of Lompoc has been brought under control, base officials announced shortly after 5 p.m.

The blaze, referred to as the Sudden Canyon fire, was sparked a little after 1 p.m. near the Sudden Ranch on the east side of Miguelito Canyon. A team of 150 firefighters and other first responders from VAFB, the U.S. Forest Service and Santa Barbara County battled the fire, which left a smoky scent and visible ash throughout the southern Lompoc Valley.

"The fire crews are now in the middle of 'cleaning up' to extinguish any hot spots, and the fire's forward progress has stopped," according to information released by VAFB public affairs just after 5 p.m.

No facilities were damaged in the fire, which was located in a remote area, base officials said.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Before Friday, the most recent fire on VAFB property was a 3-acre blaze that flared up near Santa Lucia Canyon Road and Highway 1 on July 27. That fire was quickly controlled and also did not cause any reported damage.

A little more than a year ago, more than 12,000 acres were burned on the base due to five separate fires that were ignited within a 10-day span beginning on Sept. 17, 2016.

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