Santa Barbara County firefighters had their hands full Thursday afternoon, with four brushfires in the northern part of the county, which all broke out during the lunch hour.
The largest blaze was in the Alisos Canyon Road area, near Los Alamos. The 120 acre blaze had threatened some structures in the area. Air tankers, and helicopters were used to battle the blaze, which started around 12:45, and was fully controlled in about three hours. It’s believed a bird hitting a power line caused the fire.
A seven acre fire in the Nojoqui Falls area also threatened some buildings, but firefighters were able to stop it before it caused damage. Fire investigators say some beekepers accidently triggered the fire.
A fire acre blaze in the Cat Canyon area was caused by an electrical surge, but was stopped before it could spread. Firefighters also knocked down a small brushfire on Church Street in Los Alamos before it turned into a major problem.