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Vehicle Fire Spreads to Vegetation on Highway 154 Near Santa Barbara

Authorities briefly close Highway 154, with alternating traffic, during firefighting response

A truck engine fire spread to nearby vegetation on Highway 154 Friday afternoon.
A truck engine fire spread to nearby vegetation on Highway 154 Friday afternoon.  (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)

A vehicle fire on Highway 154 sparked a brush fire near San Antonio Creek Road Friday afternoon, and there was a brief highway closure while Santa Barbara County resources responded to the scene. 

The California Highway Patrol reported the vehicle fire at 1:10 p.m. , and responders asked for a closure of Highway 154 between Cathedral Oaks to the south and Painted Cave Road around 1:20 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic.

The roadway was reopened in both directions around 2 p.m.

A truck hauling a travel trailer had an engine fire that sparked a vegetation fire along the side of the road. 

Two Santa Barbara County Fire Department engines responded to the scene and extinguished the vehicle fire, spokesman Mike Eliason said.

Crews were able to keep the brush fire from spreading beyond a 50-by-100-foot spot, he said.

Additional resources, including a helicopter, were canceled after being initially called to the scene. 

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A vehicle fire spread to brush alongside Highway 154 near Santa Barbara Friday afternoon. Click to view larger
A vehicle fire spread to brush alongside Highway 154 near Santa Barbara Friday afternoon.  (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)
Lanes of Highway 154 were briefly closed while Santa Barbara County Fire engines responded to a vehicle fire that sparked a vegetation fire. Click to view larger
Lanes of Highway 154 were briefly closed while Santa Barbara County Fire engines responded to a vehicle fire that sparked a vegetation fire.  (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)

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