Update 8:30 a.m. – Los Padres National Forest officials updated the Range Incident has stopped forward progress with 60 percent containment at 150 acres. Once the fog lifts, additional air support will aid the hand crew teams and engine crews mop up the scene. 


By Raiza Giorgi


A vegetation fire that started late Sunday night on the back side of Lake Cachuma off Happy Canyon Road has grown to more than 50 acres early Monday morning, according to Santa Barbara County Fire officials. 

SBC Fire initially had reports around 10:40 p.m. the Range Incident was burning near Lake Cachuma, and then received a call the fire was near the gun range on Happy Canyon. 

“Upon investigation the fire was burning in four to five acres off Happy Canyon in light vegetation with a moderate rate of speed,” said Daniel Bertucelli, Public Information Officer for SBC Fire, Sunday evening. 

On Monday morning he updated that the fire is now burning more than 50 acres, and no structures are known to be threatened at this time. Six engines, along with a hand crew and several bulldozers are working on the incident, with Los Padres Forest Service engines en route, Bertucelli added.  

The next update is after daybreak. Check back to the Star for updates.