Firefighters were able to quell a 156-acre vegetation fire that broke out on the Hollister Ranch early Thursday, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The blaze was reported at about 2:15 a.m. on the east end of the 14,400-acre ranch west of Gaviota, said fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli.
About 120 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, which initially spread rapidly and being driven by offshore winds.
The fire, which also blackened State Parks property, was reported 50-percent contained as of 6:30 p.m.
Some residences in the area were issued evacuation warnings at the peak of the fire, Bertucelli said.
Engine and hand crews battled the fire, with help from bulldozers, water tenders and seferal aircraft.
California State Parks said Thursday that Gaviota State Park would be closed until further notice due to the fire.
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— Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) May 7, 2020
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