Wildfire

Brush fire south of Santa Ynez Airport scorches 139 acres

Fire near Santa Ynez Airport...

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - Fire crews were kept busy Monday afternoon battling a brush fire that broke out south of the Santa Ynez Airport.

The incident was reported to fire personnel with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department at about 1:30 p.m.

The fire scorched approximately 139 acres. All forward progress of the fire was stopped by firefighters just before 3 p.m., according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni. Crews stayed on scene putting out hot spots.

There were no injuries but a Gainey winery processing facility was threatened at the peak of the fire. However, crews were able to prevent any damage to that processing facility.

Personnel from Los Padres Forest Service assisted county firefighters. Crews mounted an aggressive attack on the fire with the addition of two helicopters and two air tankers making drops on the flames.

All inbound and outbound aircraft were temporarily stopped due to the fire, according to emergency traffic radio.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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