LOMPOC (CBSLA.com) — Firefighters were starting to get the upperhand on a 300-acre brush fire near Lompoc Monday evening.

A vegetation fire was reported in the 1500 block of Burton Mesa around 1:30 p.m. and had grown to nearly 300 acres by 6 p.m., prompting authorities to evacuate approximately 1,200 people in surrounding areas.

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“I grabbed all of our important papers, laptops and animals,” Lompoc resident Jim Davis said.

Fire officials say the blaze remained 55 percent contained around 10 p.m.

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Earlier threats to the historic La Purisima Mission were also at bay. The Mission was founded in 1787 and now operates as a tourist attraction and historical center. Roads leading to the area were closed earlier in the day.

A crew of approximately 200 was expected to remain on the scene to continue the firefight through the evening.

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It was not immediately clear how the fire was started.