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Crews Get Control of 11-Acre Vegetation Fire Reported in Santa Ynez Valley

Blaze starts along Armour Ranch Road near Highway 154 and Highway 246 roundabout

Santa Barbara County Fire Department crews work to extinguish hot spots of a Santa Ynez Valley vegetation fire Thursday afternoon.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department crews work to extinguish hot spots of a Santa Ynez Valley vegetation fire Thursday afternoon.  (Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

A vegetation fire burned 11.5 acres along Armour Ranch Road near Santa Ynez Thursday afternoon.

The blaze was reported at 12:56 p.m. near the roundabout of Highway 154 and Highway 246, and crews from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Los Padres National Forest responded to the scene.

Crews found a fast-moving grass fire burning along the roadway and were able to stop the forward progress fairly quickly, said County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni. 

The fire was initially estimated at 5 acres and crews requested helicopters and air tankers, but the aircraft were canceled en route to the scene. 

Firefighters were able to get around the blaze and stop it growing around 1:25 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic.

There will be crews on the scene for a while to get complete containment of the fire and extinguish all the hot spots, Zaniboni said. 

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which Zaniboni noted started along a roadway. 

A vegetation fire in the Santa Ynez Valley burned 11.5 acres Thursday afternoon. Click to view larger
A vegetation fire in the Santa Ynez Valley burned 11.5 acres Thursday afternoon.  (Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

The California Highway Patrol temporarily closed traffic on Armour Ranch Road at the roundabout and at Happy Canyon Road during the fire response.

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