Saturday, December 3 , 2016, 3:20 pm | Fair 63º


Local News

Fire at Coal Oil Point near Isla Vista 70% Contained

Blaze that broke out late Thursday night has charred at least 20 acres, but no structures have been damaged

A vegetation fire that broke out late Thursday night at Coal Oil Point west of Isla Vista and UCSB was 70 percent contained as of Friday morning, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The Tank Fire, as it's been dubbed, had burned at least 20 acres as of 7 a.m., said fire Capt. David Sadecki.

Crews expected to have full containment by 6 p.m.

One structure was threatened by the blaze, which was reported at about 9:41 p.m. Thursday near Seaway Drive and Slough Road. 

The structure, on the fire's east side, was evacuated as a precaution, Sadecki said.

The fire also was near the Devereux Foundation campus and Venoco Inc. oil tanks, but neither was threatened, Sadecki said. 

Downed power lines and possible use of fireworks were reported in the area, but the cause of the blaze remained under investigation, Sadecki said. 

"We do have a suspicious subject in the area and law enforcement is dealing with that," Sadecki said. 

County Fire had seven engines and two water tenders on the scene shortly before midnight. They were assisted by the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Vandenberg Fire Department, UCSB Police and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. 

Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >