As crews continue to battle a vegetation fire that sparked Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials expected to have the blaze fully contained by 6 p.m. Saturday. 

The blaze has charred 380 acres, with containment set at 80 percent Friday night.

The incident, initially called the Ensalada fire by Santa Barbara County Fire officials, was later dubbed the Encelados fire, named for a nearby road on the military base.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, County Fire responded along with the Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department to the vegetation fire, which started on the main base, off El Rancho Road near the El Rancho Lateral Road, just south of the Casmalia area. By 2 p.m., crews were able to halt forward progression of the blaze. 

"No facilities have been damaged and all personnel in the area not fighting the fire have been evacuated," read a statement sent out Friday from VAFB 30th Space Wing public affairs.

VAFB public affairs officials also confirmed that no launch facilities were in harm's way, noting that the fire was burning on an "unimproved area" of the base.

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"Launch complexes were not in a position of danger and winds are blowing the fire in the opposite direction," said Michael Stonecypher, a public affairs representative.

County Fire officials confirmed that the fire was moving in a westerly direction toward the ocean, away from Casmalia, and was primarily burning on base. 

Crews were told to use caution earlier Friday as there were downed power lines in the area, according to emergency dispatch reports. 

Warm conditions Friday posed a threat, as winds blew between 10 and 15 mph while temperatures reached 76 degrees on base, according to the National Weather Service.

County Fire's response included one battalion chief, one water tender, one hand crew, two dozers and one helicopter. The U.S. Forest Service also assisted in the response.

Mop-up operations continued Saturday, according to VAFB 30th Space Wing public affairs.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210. Reporter Willis Jacobson also contributed to this report. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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