Investigators were trying to determine the cause of a vegetation fire that broke out Monday afternoon on the Ellwood Bluffs, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Firefighters were dispatched at about 4:40 p.m. to the blaze, which was burning in light grass about an eighth of a mile southwest of the Santa Barbara Shores gate, said Capt. David Sadecki.
Because of its location, firefighters were hampered in reaching the scene, and had to use four-wheel-drive brush trucks.
The area burned was approximately 30 by 50 feet, Sadecki said, and was near a line of eucalyptus trees, although none of them burned.
Several citizens attempted to stop the fire before firefighters arrived, according to radio traffic.
The blaze was declared contained shortly after 5 p.m.