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Update: Forward progress stopped on Mesa Fire in Los Olivos area

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Fire officials say the Mesa Fire has the potential to burn between 300 and 400 acres. (KSBY photo) Fire officials say the Mesa Fire has the potential to burn between 300 and 400 acres. (KSBY photo)

5:30 p.m. UPDATE:

The fire's forward progress has been stopped, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni.

The fire is estimated to be around 35 acres in size. No structures are threatened or damaged.

Crews will remain on scene all night, mopping up Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Ten engines are on scene working the fire. At one time, there were two helicopters and four air tankers.

Air support diverted from the Whittier Fire was the key to keeping this fire from advancing farther than it did.


Firefighters are battling a new brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

The "Mesa Fire" was first reported shortly before 3:00 p.m. Monday along the 10500 block of Foxen Canyon Road in the Los Olivos area and is about 10 miles north of Highway 154.

Firefighters say the fire is reported to be "burning in heavy brush and spreading quickly" along both sides of the road. Foxen Canyon Road is being closed down in the area. 

As of 3:35 p.m., the fire was estimated to be between 25 and 30 acres. Firefighters say it has the potential to burn between 300 and 400 acres. 

More than a dozen engines, two water tenders, fixed-wing tankers and helicopters have been ordered. Some of those resources are reportedly being diverted from the Whittier Fire.

Dave Zaniboni, fire captain for Santa Barbara County Fire, tweeted out a video of the fire lining a road to the entrance of Zaca Lake: 

KSBY has a crew at the scene and will have updates as they become available. 

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