Firefighters say a brush fire burning out of control in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, north of Santa Barbara has now grow to more than 300 acres.
The fire is on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass, and has prompted the full closure of Highway 154 from Santa Barbara, to the Santa Ynez Valley.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Andrew Madsen says the fire was discovered just after 2:30, in the White Rock Day Use Area.
Four air tankers are being used to fight the fire, and other local fire agencies are helping the Forest Service with firefighting efforts. Some of the units are being deployed to protect structures in the area.
Madsen says the fire has been burning east, away from homes on San Marcos Pass.
Some scattered homes in the remote Upper Oso area have ordered evacuated. There are no reports of injuries, but Madsen says a Forest Service truck was heavily damaged by the blaze.