Wildfire scorches five acres in Santa Ynez Valley

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - Santa Barbara County and Los Padres Forest Service firefighters battled and prevailed against a wildfire burning in the Santa Ynez Valley that scorched 5 acres Thursday afternoon. 

The fire was reported at 3:11 p.m. and broke out at 5050 Happy Canyon Road. When crews arrived at the scene, the fire had already scorched about half an acre to an acre, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.

No structures were immediately threatened. Fire crews managed to get a hose line around the blaze and stopped the forward progression. The fire was burning in light brush.

Several helicopter water drops were made on the Happy Canyon Fire. Zaniboni said fixed-wing aircraft were ordered to assist with the blaze but were ultimately canceled and were not used. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Wires are down in the area according to Zaniboni but fire investigators are still gathering evidence from the scene to determine an official cause.

Crews are expected to be on scene until they finish "mopping up" and putting out any outstanding hot spots in the area.

Watch video of the scene from Mike Eliason with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, below.

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