Santa Barbara City fire crews were dispatched to the 1000 block of Cliff Drive near Barranca Avenue to a report of a palm tree on fire at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.
The fire was put out quickly.
No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire, but power lines were seen close to the palm tree, and areas had burned. Portions of the tree showed blackened marks from the burn.
The fire department was contacting Southern California Edison with the pole number to have the lines checked out and possibly some work done to trim the tree.
The area is near several apartment buildings that are heavily occupied.