Fire caused by downed power lines briefly threatened homes on Cebrian

Strong winds that spread a brush fire near New Cuyama Sunday afternoon ultimately worked in firefighters favor and pushed the fire into plowed fields.

The fire broke out about 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of Perkins Road and Cebrian southwest of New Cuyama and spread rapidly in the strong winds and low humidity.

Smoke from the fire was visible from Taft.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Dave Zaniboni said the fire was just two to three acres when the first firefighters arrived and 20-mile per hour winds pushed the fire, which was spotting ahead of its self, to 20 acres in just minutes.

A full brush response from both the SBCFD and Los Padres National Forest aided by two air tankers and a water-dropping helicopters were called in as the fire continued to spread.

Some homes on the south side of Cebrian were threatened for a time, Zaniboni said.

The fire was finally contained at 8:07 p.m. and burned a total of 260 acres, he said.
Downed power lines are being blamed for the fire.