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1 hospitalized after car fire spread to vegetation on Hwy 166

Posted at 5:08 AM, Jul 28, 2023

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to a vehicle fire that spread to nearby vegetation east of Santa Maria early Friday morning.

It happened on Highway 166 near Pine Canyon Rd.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at 1:30 a.m.

The vehicle was soon engulfed in flames.

At around 1:35 a.m., the hillside next to the vehicle also caught fire.

According to Santa Barbara County Fire, by 2:35 a.m., forward progress of the fire had been stopped.

One person was taken to the hospital by helicopter.