Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

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Update by edhat staff
9:10 a.m., July 29, 2019
Santa Barbara County Fire Department reports the Range Incident is 100 acres. Crews are on scene continuing to line the fire with dozers, crews, and engines. Air tankers and helicopters will be assisting throughout the day. The forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Update by edhat staff
8:00 a.m., July 29, 2019

Santa Barbara County firefighters are currently battling a 150-acre brush fire in the Happy Canyon area.

At 10:39 p.m., fire crews received a call of two potential brush fires. One was described in the Happy Canyon area and another described behind Lake Cachuma. At 12:10 a.m., Public Information Officer Daniel Bertucelli confirmed there is one fire, called the Range Incident as it's near the gun range off Happy Canyon Road.

As of 2:00 a.m. Monday, the fire has reportedly grown to over 50 acres. Firefighters are actively engaged with the brush fire and roads are closed in the area with the latest numbers stated the fire has reached 150 acres.

Latest unofficial reports state the fire is 50% contained with forwarding progress halted. 

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

By an edhat reader
11:45 p.m., July 29, 2019

Is there a brush fire near the Happy Canyon area?

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tagdes Jul 29, 2019 11:40 AM
Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

Daniel Bertucelli with SBCF info ( CO. Fire PIO ) reported 50 acres at 2:00 am, at 2:50 am it was reported at 150 acres from someone on the scene and later down graded to 100 acres. If you've followed incidents like this you would know it's always a fluid situation and variable until daylight when accurate mapping can be done. Forward progress is stopped and containment at 50% at last report. Yes that is also subject to change.

a-1582612472 Jul 29, 2019 11:17 AM
Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

No the numbers you quoted were misinformed. They didn't even have an incident commander on scene at that time much less resources to contain a 150 acre fire.

Shasta Guy Jul 29, 2019 07:41 AM
Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

Here’s a report from KSBY: It’s called the Range Fire. It’s at 50 acres, but they are expressing confidence in knocking it down. SB county Fire should be reporting an update this morning.

CoastWatch Jul 29, 2019 06:56 AM
Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

I guess we should refer to the U.S. Forest Service as the U.S. FIRE Service, since they base their budget$ on how much $ they send the prior year...I guess it's been too slow and fire-free so far this year.

SYRadio Jul 29, 2019 12:16 AM
Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

Yes, Happy Canyon Rd near the shooting range. Units are just getting on scene. First reports are four to five acres. Initial confusion about location. Multiple reports, but there seems to be only one fire. There are delays in getting resources. USFS has no engines on duty. SB County crew has two hour delay. Now dispatching additional engines from county.

SYRadio Jul 29, 2019 12:10 PM
Firefighters Stop 100 Acre Fire in Happy Canyon

Who knows, but all ranges are supposed to be closed for fire season. Units responded to an escaped camp fire earlier in the day. No open fires allowed either, unless you start one anyway.

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