Passing car to blame for two fires south of Orcutt

Green of land help crews contain fires


Santa Barbara County Fire investigators have determined the cause of the Solomon and Graciosa Fires was a passing vehicle.

The fires have been deemed "accidental" by fire investigators. 

No further details were immediately available.



Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to multiple wildfires in the area of U.S. Highway 101 and Palmer Road near Los Alamos and another in the area of Highway 135 and Highway 1.

A collection of four spot fires along Palmer Road and the Solomon Grade Summit between Los Alamos and Orcutt were reported at 4:06 p.m.

The fire was burning in the brush between northbound lanes of Highway 101 and a plowed field. Santa Barbara County Fire officials say because there was not a lot of fuel in the area, firefighters were able to put out all of the spot fires in approximately 15 minutes.

At 4:21 p.m., a second brush fire was reported just south of Orcutt. That fire scorched approximately 3 acres and burned at a slow to moderate rate of spread. Fire officials called this the Graciosa Fire.

The Graciosa Fire was wind-driven but because it was burning in green brush, fire crews were able to contain the blaze by 4:57 p.m. by making helicopter water drops, and stopping forward progression with a hose line.

A third brush fire was reported in the area of Highway 1 and Firefighter Road. Vandenberg Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish that fire.

No further details were immediately known. The cause of the fires is under investigation.

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