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Crews Respond to Vehicle Fire on Highway 154 Near Santa Barbara

Pickup truck destroyed by flames that spread to nearby vegetation; roadway closed for a time

A firefighter sprays water onto a pickup truck that caught fire Tuesday on Highway 154 near Santa Barbara. Flames spread to the adjacent vegatation before being knocked down. Click to view larger
A firefighter sprays water onto a pickup truck that caught fire Tuesday on Highway 154 near Santa Barbara. Flames spread to the adjacent vegatation before being knocked down. (Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

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Firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a vehicle fire along Highway 154 near Santa Barbara that shut down the highway in both directions for a time.

Crews were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to an area about three miles north of Highway 101, according to Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

A sheriff's deputy who arrived first on scene reported that a small pickup truck was engulfed in flames, and the highway was blocked in both directions.

Santa Barbara County firefighters finish dousing flames from a pickup truck that caught fire Tuesday on Highway 154 near Santa Barbara. Click to view larger
Santa Barbara County firefighters finish dousing flames from a pickup truck that caught fire Tuesday on Highway 154 near Santa Barbara. (Zack Warbug /Noozhawk photo)

Responding crews from the county and the U.S. Forest Service knocked down a small brush fire that was sparked on the hillside above the pickup, then worked to extinguishing the vehicle fire, Zaniboni said. 

Highway 154 was closed in both directions in the area of the fire, near Painted Cave Road, for about 30 minutes, Zaniboni said.

Cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

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