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UPDATE: Forward progress stopped of Ballard Fire near Los Olivos

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 18:05:11-04

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.) — Forward progress has been stopped.

Firefighters will remain on scene putting out hot spots and strengthening fire lines.

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UPDATE (2:05 p.m.) — Santa Barbara County firefighters said the Ballard Fire near Los Olivos has grown to 15-20 acres and has the potential to reach 30 acres.

Officials said the fire is threatening three structures.

First responders said they canceled the initial call for additional engines due to "good progress with structure defense."

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ORIGINAL STORY (1:40 p.m.) — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is responding to reports of a brush fire near Los Olivos that is threatening at least one structure Saturday afternoon.

The so-called Ballard Fire has burned between five to seven acres with a slow rate of spread, according to fire authorities.

Fire crews said Ballard Canyon Road near Tapadero Road will be closed to public access.

The public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said two helicopters and two fixed-wing tankers are also responding to the fire.

Officials said five fire engines are also on their way to the fire to protect nearby structures.

This is a developing story. Please check back later as more updates become available.