Brush fire extinguished near Parma Park in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Fire crews responded to a vegetation fire near Parma Park in Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon.

The brush fire broke out near the 900 block of West Mountain Drive at around noon.

The fire was located on steep terrain and created some difficulty for responders.

White smoke could be seen throughout the city as the fire burned.

The fire burned dangerously close to many homes and one residence was immediately threatened. Residents in the area were on edge but were not told to evacuate. 

Fire crews utilized hand tools and hose lines to put out the flames. The fire was eventually put out after burning slightly less than one acre.

Santa Barbara City Fire sent five engine companies and requested help from Santa Barbara County Fire, Los Padres National Forest Service and the Montecito Fire Protection District.

Santa Barbara City Fire Battalion Chief Chris Mails said the fire sparked in an area known as the wildland urban interface. Mails says that with fire season underway, firefighters are putting all the resources they have when a fire breaks out. 

"The season is starting, and its taken off with a vengeance," Mails said. "We are going to hit it hard from here on out until we get rain again."

No one was injured in the fire and no structures were damaged.

A fire investigator determined that the fire was accidental and was sparked by landscaping operations on the property. 

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