SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Fire crews responded to a brush fire that broke out just before 3 p.m. in the area of Foxen Canyon Road and Alisos Canyon Road, near the entrance to the Zaca Lake Retreat north of Los Olivos.
Witnesses reported seeing heavy smoke created by a fast moving fire. The fire was reportedly burning in heavy brush.
Resources including two helicopters battling the Whittier Fire were diverted to fight this new fire called the Mesa Fire.
The fire burned approximately 35 acres according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni. The Mesa Fire had the potential to grow 300-400 acres according to officials. Zaniboni said the fire was burning in light to medium fuel and was wind driven.
Zaniboni noted that the fire was burning in a direction devoid of fuel which will allowed firefighters to put it out quicker. As of 5:30 p.m., forward progress for the Mesa Fire was stopped.
The blaze burned on both sides of the road according to Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason.
Foxen Canyon is closed at Zaca Station on the south side of the fire and at Alisos Canyon Road on the north side, according to the California Highway Patrol.
No structures were threatened or damaged and no injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation. Crews will remain on scene for several hours mopping up and putting out hotspots.