Highway 154 reopens as crews fully contain vegetation fire

A vegetation fire prompted the temporary closure of Highway 154 and brief evacuation orders for Trout Club and Painted Cave areas Saturday afternoon, according to emergency dispatch reports.

Personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Los Padres National Forest and other agencies were dispatched to the incident at 3:20 p.m.

The fire was contained by 6:30 p.m., the evacuation orders were lifted and Highway 154 was reopened.

Santa Barbara County officials said an evacuation order was issued for Trout Club and Painted Cave areas near Highway 154 and San Marcos Road.

“Do not wait. Heed order & leave now,” county officials said on Twitter.

Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue team volunteers were assisting with the evacuations, officials said.

The fire reportedly sparked in the 4500 block of Highway 154 and was reportedly less than 2 acres with multiple aircraft on scene assisting ground crews.

“We’ve got a lot of resources there,” county fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.

Downed power lines and the fire’s location down in a canyon made it difficult for firefighters to access the blaze, he added.

Highway 154 was closed between Highway 246 to West Camino Cielo, according the California Highway Patrol.

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