NIPOMO VALLEY, Calif. - CAL FIRE, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to a vegetation fire burning near the intersection of Highway 101 and the Cuyama Highway north of Santa Maria Saturday afternoon.
The call came in around 1:56 p.m. Santa Maria Fire sent over a crew to assist with the incident.
As firefighters battled the blaze, heavy smoke could be seen blowing across the lanes of Highway 101. Flames were also visible burning along the westside of the freeway.
At 3:43 p.m., CAL FIRE announced that the fire was fully contained. The burn reached about 1.6 acres in size.
California Highway Patrol closed the southbound onramp to Highway 166 around 2:30 p.m. due to the proximity of the flames.
Drivers are advised to slow down when passing through the area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.