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Latest: Another blaze breaks out on California military base

A California Highway Patrol investigator looks at the wreck of a water tender fire truck involved in a rollover crash near Vandenberg Air Force base that took the life of a Ventura County Fire Dept. firefighter and injured another firefighter Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, 2016, near Lompoc, Calif. The accident happened as firefighting crews gained ground in their effort to contain the wildfire at the base near launch pads used to send satellites into space. The truck crashed before dawn at a roundabout on a two-lane highway just outside Vandenberg, said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Steve Swindle. (Len Wood/The Santa Maria Times via AP)

A California Highway Patrol investigator looks at the wreck of a water tender fire truck involved in a rollover crash near Vandenberg Air Force base that took the life of a Ventura County Fire Dept. firefighter and injured another firefighter Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, 2016, near Lompoc, Calif. The accident happened as firefighting crews gained ground in their effort to contain the wildfire at the base near launch pads used to send satellites into space. The truck crashed before dawn at a roundabout on a two-lane highway just outside Vandenberg, said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Steve Swindle. (Len Wood/The Santa Maria Times via AP)

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on a wildfire at a California military base (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Another wildfire has broken out and forced the evacuation of buildings on a military base on California's central coast where another blaze has been burning all week.

Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base say the new fire that broke out Thursday on the north side of the huge and mostly undeveloped base is unrelated to the other fire that's on the south side.

The blaze is causing the evacuation of administrative buildings, but it is not yet a threat to any of the housing or key facilities on the base.

It is sending a great deal of smoke over Lompoc, a city of 40,000 people at the edge of the base, though the flames themselves are not threatening the city.

The earlier fire that broke out over the weekend is 70 per cent contained and has burned about 19 square miles. The entire base is about 155 square miles.

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9:30 a.m.

Crews have increased containment while halting the growth of a wildfire burning in remote, rugged land at a central California military base.

The blaze at Vandenberg Air Force Base is 70 per cent contained and officials say they're hopeful that number will go up Thursday.

The fire that broke out in a remote canyon over the weekend is holding steady at about 19 square miles.

There is no word of any threatened structures on the sprawling base, much of which is undeveloped.

The cause is under investigation.

Authorities said a firefighter assigned to the blaze was killed and another was injured hurt Wednesday when the water truck they were in overturned on a highway miles from the fire lines.