Fire Burning Near UCSB


Fire crews are working to contain a fire burning near UCSB. It began at 9:41 last night.  Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to a reported vegetation fire, located at Coal Oil Point in Goleta.  The fire grew initially from one to ten acres, at a moderate rate of spread.  The fire burned near the Venoco storage tanks and buildings. 

One residence east of the fire was threatened and evacuated due to a sudden wind shift.  No structures were lost.  At 1am, the fire was 10% contained and the wind had subsided.  The fire is estimated to be at 20 acres . There are reports of either fireworks or a transformer explosion prior to the fire starting.  Also, a person of interest was contacted by law enforcement.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.