SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The Patera Fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon was considered 100% contained by 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to a 10-acre vegetation fire at La Patera Ranch around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, and county fire said that the blaze had the potential to spread up to 100 acres.
Plumes of smoke and flames coming from west of Fairview Road, according to county fire spokesman Mike Eliason.
VegetationFire- #PateraFire SBC on scene of a fire off North Fairview in Goleta. Patera IC reporting 10 acres at this time, with potential for 100 acres. Fire burning downhill, with strong winds in the area. C/T 2:26. En route to scene.— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 8, 2022
Eliason said that the fire was burning downhill as strong winds were present in the area.
No structures were threatened as of 3:30 p.m., and a helicopter made a water drop on the east flank of the fire, according to Eliason.
#PateraFire - UPDATE- Copter 964 makes a water drop on the east flank of the fire. FF’s are making good progress. No structures threatened at this time. Fire is located off La Patera Ranch. pic.twitter.com/RKbdSWNBrS— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 8, 2022
Around 4:30 p.m., Eliason said that the firefighters are continuing to increase containment lines around the fire and will remain on the scene overnight.
#PateraFire -UPDATE- FF’s continue to increase containment lines around the fire & will remain on scene overnight ensuring all hot spots are out. Now is the time to prepare for the next fire, go to our website https://t.co/d7cdCyJru8 to learn about the Ready! Set! Go! Program.— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 8, 2022
Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Goleta City Public Safety said that firefighters had stopped all forward progress on the vegetation fire and that the fire is 25% contained and still estimated to be approximately 10 acres.
Due to the windy conditions, Goleta city officials said that the situation can quickly change, so the city asked the community to stay vigilant and informed.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to officials.
The fire was considered 100% contained by 9 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the fire department.
To prepare for the next fire, go to http://SBCFire.com to learn about County Fire's "Ready! Set! Go!" Program.