[UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.]: County firefighters — assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department, and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department — were able to quickly contain and knock down the fire that engulfed a yurt near San Marcos Road this morning. Though the blaze spread to surrounding vegetation, no other structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. The fire was held to less than half an acre and “took place in an area with a small group of structures converted into living space,” said County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki in a prepared statement. “Santa Barbara County building officials were notified,” he said.
[ORIGINAL REPORT]:Santa Barbara County and U.S. Forest Service firefighters are currently battling a quarter-acre fire in the bottom of a canyon at 2040 North San Marcos Road that ignited early Friday morning. The fire appears to have started in or near a yurt, inside of which live ammunition is burning. Crews are also dealing with a venting propane tank, said County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki. Three county fire engines and a helicopter are on the scene, but the area’s rugged terrain has made access difficult, said Sadecki. Current weather is windy and cold but is having no effect on the fire, he explained.