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Wildfire off Paradise Road in Santa Barbara County ‘human caused’

Fire crews battled a brush fire on Paradise Road in Santa Barbara County within two miles of the Rancho Oso campground Friday afternoon.

Witnesses reported seeing white smoke in the area just after 2 p.m. Those reports were confirmed by our news crew heading to the scene.

The fire burned in private property with the exception of a sliver of land that was under the jurisdiction of the Los Padres Forest Service. At least one Santa Barbara County fire engine and a Montecito Fire crew assisted Los Padres Forest Service.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said the fire was fully contained at 6.25 acres shortly after 3 p.m. Firefighters protected campers and trailers. No one was hurt.

Fire officials say it took five water drops from a helicopter to douse the flames and put out the blaze.

The fire was human caused but remains under investigation according to John “Pancho” Smith with the Los Padres Forest Service.

No further details were immediately known. We will update this story when new information becomes available.

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