Bird hitting power lines caused Wasioja Fire near New Cuyama

Fire fully contained to 190 acres


The Wasioja Fire that burned over the weekend and scorched 190 acres in the Cuyama Valley was caused by a bird striking power lines, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said the bird caught on fire then fell to the grass where the brush caught fire.

The fire was fully contained on Sunday at 6 p.m. No structures were lost or damaged. No injuries were reported.



Fire crews from across the state responded to a fire that sparked near New Cuyama Saturday evening.

At around 5:45 p.m. crews responded to the 1000 block of Wasioja Road near California State Route 166 for a working fire surrounded by medium to heavy fuel.

The fire grew to over 50 acres Saturday night and some structures in the area were threatened.

Fire crews from Santa Barbara County Fire, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo and Los Padres National Forest Service all responded to the fire. Additional fire units from across the state, including Monterey and Los Angeles Counties, also assisted with the fire.

About 300 total fire fighters worked to contain the blaze through the night and early Sunday morning.


At around 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, the fire had spread to about 120 acres with 30 percent containment.

Forward progress of the fire had been stopped and hand crews were beginning to mop up and extinguish any hot spots.

By 12:45 p.m. the fire was 70 percent contained with 190 acres burned.

Santa Barbra County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said fire crews would remain on scene throughout the evening and the fire is expected to be fully contained and extinguished by about 6:00 p.m.

Although some structures were threatened initially, fire crews were able to keep the fire from damaging any structures.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is unclear.

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