An illegal bonfire on the beach sparked a vegetation fire in Summerland on Saturday night, but firefighters were able to quickly bring it under control.
It took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control, Mingee said.
About 20 firefighters responded to the fire, which burned about an acre, he added.
No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, said Mingee, who added that the quick spread of the fire “was an indication of how dry our fuels are.”
Mingee noted that it is illegal to have a bonfire on the beach anywhere in Santa Barbara County.
No arrests had been made as of Saturday night, but fire investigators and Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies were continuing to probe the incident.