Small Brush Fire Possibly Began at Homeless Camp
New reports are coming in that the start of the fire was near a homeless camp.
John Palminteri of KEYT captured photos of the camp reporting it's near the point of origin. There were no reported injuries and the official cause is under investigation.
Photo by John Palminteri
Update by edhat staff
A small brush fire is causing major traffic delays on Highway 101 in Goleta Friday afternoon.
At 4:53 p.m. Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded with a full brush response to an area between Los Carneros Road and Fairview Ave along Highway 101 southbound.
Crews found a brush fire burning between the freeway and railroad tracks in heavy grass.
Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni reports the fire is less than a 1/2 acre and forward progress has stopped, but it is putting up a lot of smoke.
Firefighters will be on scene for quite a while doing an extensive mop up. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Highway 101 is slowed down to one lane in the southbound section. California Highway Patrol is on scene monitoring the traffic.
Vegetation fire on Highway 101 Southbound, west of Fairview Ave. Full County Fire Department response.