SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said it was responding to a wildland fire near Gaviota State Park on Hollister Ranch Rd with aerial assistance and other emergency services. ‘fire.
The first calls for fire came in at the station beginning at 11:32 a.m. Saturday, noting plumes of smoke near Alegria Canyon.
Firefighters arrived with seven engines, a helicopter and two water tankers to find the wildfire was about 3/4 of an acre in size but has since grown to around 50 acres.
At 1:00 p.m., County Fire said this wildfire was threatening a structure and heading toward a drainage route.
Search and rescue is on the way for possible evacuations if the fire spreads.
Additional engines were sent to control the fire, along with two helicopters and additional crews.
Vegetation fire. Hollister Ranch. SBC on scene with full plant response for reported 50 acre fire with structures at risk. Many resources on the way including planes. Communications are a challenge, so be patient. Call Newsline. C/T 1132 pic.twitter.com/epiCOcfd68
—Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) March 12, 2022
The California Highway Patrol said the exit for Gaviota Beach Rd. has been closed from Highway 101.
CHP said Hollister Ranch is closed.
County Fire said crews were reporting erratic winds at the scene.
There are nine engines, two battalion commanders, two tankers and two bulldozers currently on the scene in addition to the helicopters.
By 5 p.m., the fire had spread to 100 acres according to County Fire, and evacuations were in place for some nearby residents.
This is a developing story, more information will be provided as updates arrive.