SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – Vegetation fire has been reported near Hollister ranch.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded with air assistance and other fire departments.

The initial calls for the fire came into the station starting around 11:32 a.m. on Saturday, noting plumes of smoke near Alegria Canyon.

According to reports, the fire is 50 acres on a slop, steep terrain, potentially burning up to 500 acres.

Search and Rescue on their way for possible evacuations if the fire spreads.

Additional engines have been sent to control the fire, as well as two helicopters and additional crews.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that the turn off for Gaviota Beach Rd. has been closed from Highway 101.

Firefighters arrived with seven engines, a helicopter, and two water tenders.

This is a developing story; more information will be provided as updates come in.