Fire crews and a water-dropping helicopter responded to a vegetation fire burning along Highway 246 near Buellton businesses Friday afternoon.
The estimated 1-acre blaze was first reported at 3:53 p.m. burning in fields at the rear of the 200 block of Highway 246.
The ‘Tire Incident’ fire threatened several structures including nearby businesses, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before any were damaged, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Scott Safechuck said.
When the blaze was first reported, Safechuck said it was moving at a moderate rate of speed and had 2-4-foot flame lengths.
“Ground personnel are coordinating with Copter 308 to ensure water drops are accurate along the fire line,” he said.
The forward progress of the fire was reportedly stopped by 4:30 p.m. but fire crews continue to respond to the scene to help establish a containment perimeter, Safechuck said.
The burned field is the proposed site of a bowling alley project once known as Live Oak Lanes.
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