A 50-foot by 30-foot spot fire along U.S. Highway 101 just north of the Garden Street off ramp kept Santa Barbara City fire crews busy Tuesday afternoon.
The fire broke out just after 1 p.m. in an area that described as being occupied by a homeless encampment.
No injuries were reported and firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames. Santa Barbara police and California Highway Patrol assisted with the incident.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.