Santa Barbara County firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire on the Central Coast which caused a scare Thursday afternoon.
The fire started in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley just before 1 p.m. Windy conditions quickly expanded the fire to about 60 acres.
As of 5 p.m., it was 50% contained. No homes were threatened. Investigators say a hay harvesting operation triggered the blaze.