LOMPOC (CBS SF) — A wildfire burning near a historic mission in a rural area of Lompoc has prompted authorities to order the evacuation of approximately 1,200 people.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m. Monday.READ MORE: UPDATE: 1st U.S. Case Of COVID Omicron Variant Confirmed In San Francisco
No structures have burned, but Zaniboni says the fire is not far from La Purisima Mission, which was constructed in 1787.
About 120 firefighters, bolstered by four water-dropping air tankers and three helicopters, are battling the brush-fed blaze.READ MORE: Possible Driver Medical Emergency Leads To SUV Crash in Rohnert Park
Zaniboni says an evacuation center has been established in Lompoc, 150 miles north of Los Angeles.
Authorities have also established a hotline for people who need to move large animals.MORE NEWS: Facebook Uncovers Massive Network To Spread COVID Misinformation
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.