Brush Fire in Happy Canyon Now Fully Contained

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Brush Fire in Happy Canyon Now Fully Contained
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Aerial photo of the "Happy Incident" fire burning near Los Alamos (Photo: John Wiley)

Update by edhat staff
8:30 a.m., May 18, 2018

As of 8:00 a.m. Friday, the Happy Canyon fire is now 100% contained. Full control of the fire is expected at 6:00 p.m. this evening.

Santa Barbara County Public Information Officer Mike Eliason announced remaining county fire resources that worked throughout the night are now being released. Two county fire hand crews will remain on scene until full control of the fire has been established.

Fire crews made huge improvements overnight thanks to a heavy marine layer that covered the Santa Ynez Valley.

(Photo by Mark Sandell)

Update by edhat staff
5:00 p.m., May 17, 2018

The Happy Canyon fire is now estimated to be at 60 acres with 50% containment. 

The investigator determined the cause to be a hay harvesting operation that started around 12:52 p.m. Thursday.

(Photo: Mike Eliason)

Update by edhat staff

4:30 p.m., May 17, 2018

Incident command on the scene of the Happy Canyon fire is reporting good progress being made. The fire is now at 60 acres with the majority in steep canyons. 

Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night to keep an eye on it.

The fire is currently 0% contained with no injuries or structures lost

(Photo: Mike Eliason)

Update by edhat staff
3:00 p.m., May 17, 2018

Incident command on the scene of the Happy Canyon fire is now reporting gusty and erratic winds that have carried embers past the containment line.

A 2nd Alarm response has been requested for adding an additional air tanker and helicopter.

Structures in the area are still approximately 1 mile ahead of the fire. The cause is under investigation.

(Photo: Mike Eliason)

Update by edhat staff
2:20 p.m., May 17, 2018

Firefighters have halted the forward progress of a wind-driven 50-acre brush fire in Happy Canyon that sparked Thursday afternoon.

Around 1:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters assisted by the Los Padres National Forest Service, responded to a small vegetation fire near 1680 Alisos Canyon Road near Los Alamos.

It was originally estimated to be 10 acres in light fuel, completely wind-driven. Additional equipment was ordered, including three air tankers and one helicopter, said Public Information Officer Mike Eliason.

As of 2:09 p.m., forward progress was halted at an estimated 50 acres but a containment percentage is unknown at this time. 

The fire is burning on a hillside in light grass with 15 mph winds from the north and northeast. The main concern is for embers being blown outside the containment line by the fixed-wing aircraft is currently painting a box ahead of the fire while a helicopter is making water drops on hot spots, said Eliason.

On the ground are five engines, two dozers, and one hand crew working on the fire dubbed the "Happy Incident."

Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

Happy Incident Fire (Photo: Mike Eliason)

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
1:00 p.m., May 17, 2018

Vegetation Fire near Alisos at Happy Canyon, sized 100x100 feet.

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John Wiley May 18, 2018 10:26 AM
Brush Fire in Happy Canyon Now Fully Contained

There was a harvester parked about here: 34.632861, -119.992889 https://goo.gl/maps/jGbxv1GgqMQ2 and my guess is it started there, hopped the small road and expanded up into the hills.

sbfunlover May 17, 2018 04:12 PM
Brush Fire in Happy Canyon Now Fully Contained

Hi Roger, Is it possible for Edhat or you to edit the original map to the correct location? https://www.google.com/maps/place/Happy+Canyon+Rd+%26+Alisos+Rd,+Santa+Ynez,+CA+93460/@34.6233454,-120.0036817,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80e950cbc274bcff:0xd713eb227498b999!8m2!3d34.623341!4d-120.001493

Roger May 17, 2018 02:53 PM
Brush Fire in Happy Canyon Now Fully Contained

When the call came out I heard Alisos and Happy Canyon checked Twitter nothing at the time..Checked CHP Website it said Alisos at Happy Canyon so I posted that I usually double check if I can.

Yeti May 17, 2018 02:50 PM
Brush Fire in Happy Canyon Now Fully Contained

funny that Edhat and KEYT mention Happy Canyon, but Alisos Canyon Rd. is 5+ miles North of there, north of Los Olivos. Map and photos definitely not Happy Canyon,.

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