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.