Firefighters are working to mop up a brush fire which caused a big scare this afternoon in the foothills above Montecito.
The fire was discovered just after 12 noon near the top of Cold Springs Trail. The Montecito Fire Department ordered evacuations in some neighborhoods east of Cold Springs, and west of Park Lane, but just after 2:30, all evacuations were cancelled. No structures have been damaged.
Andrew Madsen, with the U.S. Forest Service, says the roughly two acre blaze is burning is a rugged canyon just a few ridges east of where the disastrous Tea Brushfire hit in November of 2008. Madsen says some of the brush being burned by today’s fire hasn’t burned in more than four decades.
Firefighters had to use helicopters, and air tankers to slow the fire, but were helped by the lack of wind in the area.