Forward Progress Stopped in Ballard Canyon Fire

Update by edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of a brush fire in Ballard Canyon that threatened structures.

The fire broke out just before 1:00 p.m. Saturday near Los Olivos on Tapadero Road in the Santa Ynez Valley. The first arriving engine reported 5-7 acres in grass with a slow rate of spread. and at least one structure threatened. 

Additional engines and air support was called to the scene as a 2nd Alarm was called. Roads were also closed in the area. 

The fire grew within the hour to 15-20 acres with the potential to spread to 30 acres. Fixed-wing air tankers and helicopters made water and phos-chek drops as crews protected three structures. 

At 2:15 p.m., firefighters got a handle of the fire and announced the forward progress of the fire was stopped and the structures were not affected. 

By Mark Oliver

A fire broke out in the upper regions of Ballard Canyon late morning on Saturday, October 31. Fire crews were on hand quickly and shortly thereafter a jet tanker with fire retardant and helicopters with water arrived. The fire threatened the Stoplman Vineyards and tried to make a run up the canyon towards Los Olivos but was stopped.

Reported by ScannerAndrew

Santa Barbara County fire is responding to a vegetation fire north of Solvang, near Tapadero Road and Ballard Canyon Road. Multiple callers, one RP advising fire is 5 acres. Smoke visible on wildfire camera. 


Written by ScannerAndrew

ScannerAndrew is a volunteer reporter who shares information from emergency scanner traffic and details from the scene of incidents.

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