NORTH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a vegetation fire in the 600 block of Mail Road south of Highway 246 Monday afternoon.
Forward progress on that fire was stopped around 1:45 p.m. at an estimated one to one and a half acres burned, the cause of the fire remains under investigation detail Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
According to Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the fire had a slow rate of spread and initial reports put the fire at 100 feet by 100 feet.
Fixed-wing Tankers 74 and 75 were requested to assist in addition to a helicopter, but air tankers returned to base once forward progress on the fire had been halted explained Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
An update from Santa Barbara County Fire Department detailed that the persistent smoke is due to a 15-year-old dump site with debris piles of up to 30 feet. Crews will remain on site through the night to monitor the smoldering vegetation.
FIRE UPDATE: HWY 246 "Mail Fire"⁰1.5-acre fire at a 15-year old dump site with debris piles up to 30' deep. Proximity to State Responsibility Area (SRA)dry brush raises threat. Crews working through night & day. Excavator, BC, handcrew & engines on-site next 24hrs. pic.twitter.com/QVApyVVpkG— Scott Safechuck (@SBCFireInfo) August 8, 2023