UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) — Caltrans District 5 reports Hwy 154 has now reopened in both directions. Drivers are asked to drive with caution as firefighters remain in the area.
According to the Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System (FIRIS), the Stagecoach Fire is mapped at 0.85 acres. The agency said forward rate has stopped.
UPDATE (12:50 p.m.) — Caltrans District 5 says there is a hard closure on Hwy 154 at Hwy 246 and Stagecoach Rd.
According to the CHP incident information page, this area will be closed for approximately 1 to 2 hours as crews continue to contain the fire.
The incident page says approximately 6 to 8 acres may have been burned as a result.
UPDATE (12:20 p.m.) — Santa Barbara County Fire says they are making good progress on what they are calling the Stagecoach fire.
SBC Fire's PIO Mike Eliason says crews are working alongside Los Padres National Forest and Montecito firefighters.
Eliason says decent weather conditions are helping.
UPDATE (11:50 a.m.) — According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department's public information officer, Santa Barbara County firefighters are responding to the fire in the area of Hwy 154, west of Paradise Rd. in the Los Padres National Forest.
Crews are reporting 2 to 3 acres at this time.
SBC Fire says resources are still arriving on scene.
Firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in Santa Barbara.
The brush fire was reported in the area of westbound Hwy 154 and Paradise Rd. around 11:20 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol incident information page, the fire is burning down toward the road.
The incident page says the fire is approximately half an acre at this time.
No word on quickly the flames are spreading.
This is a developing story and will be updated once more information is available.