Update, 6 p.m.
The forward progress of the fire has stopped, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.
A 250-acre fire was burning in the Cuyama Valley Sunday afternoon, prompting concerns for a county fuel farm at the airport and some nearby homes, according to emergency dispatch reports.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Tribune
Personnel from Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:20 p.m.
The blaze, called Cebrian Fire, was burning near Perkins Road and Cebrian Avenue in New Cuyama.
Crews at the scene were reporting heavy winds were causing the fire to spread quickly.
However by 4:15 p.m., firefighters reported they had knocked down the flames substantially, and were counting on plowed fields to help stop the fire’s advance.
Firefighters also battled flames near a residence and expressed concern about the county fuel tank at the Cuyama Airport, before dealing with the hazards to those structures.
As flames were moving, firefighters had concerns about a row of 25 residences, but said the threat was not immediate.
In additional to engines, the force battling the blaze included tankers, at least one helicopter, bulldozers and handcrews.
Highway 166 reportedly was closed in the area, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch reports.