Happy Fire in Santa Ynez Valley 100% contained

100% containment achieved at 8am Friday


Santa Barbara County Fire officials say the Happy Fire is 100% contained Friday morning. As of 8 a.m. full containment was achieved. They expect control by 6 p.m. tonight. Two Santa Barbara County hand crews remain on the scene and will be there until full control has been established, according to fire officials.


As of 10 p.m. Thursday night, the fire has burned 60 acres and is 70% contained. Santa Barbara County fire officials say crews will remain on scene overnight. Full containment is expected Friday morning. 


As of 2:06 p.m., firefighters have stopped the Happy Fire's forward progress. 

Fire officials are estimating that about 60 acres have burned at this time. That number could change with GPS mapping, according to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Mike Eliason. The fire is 0% contained with the majority of it in steep canyons.

Eliason says current wind gusts are between 15-20 MPH with columns of smoke are still visible throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. There is some concern about the wind carrying embers to non-burned areas where another fire could spark, according to Eliason.

Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night. No injuries have been reported and no structures are threatened at this time. The nearest structures are about a mile ahead of the fire, according to Eliason.

"A fire investigator determined the cause of the Happy Fire to be a hay harvesting operation," Eliason posted on his Twitter account.




Firefighters are battling a fast-growing brush fire in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department at about 12:52 p.m. in the 1600 block of Alisos Road near Happy Canyon Road.

The fire has already scorched at least 50 acres and has the potential to burn 50 more, according to fire officials at the scene.

The blaze is a wind-driven fire burning on light fuel, according to Santa Barbara County spokesperson Mike Eliason. 

No structures are threatened at this time.

Additional fire crews and three air tankers are on the way to assist firefighters battling the "Happy Fire."

No further details were immediately known. Check back for updated information as it becomes available.

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