Firefighters appear to be getting the upper hand on the Lookout brushfire, which is burning in the San Marcos Pass area, just south of Highway 154.
The 15 acre blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area. No structures have been damaged, but some continue to remain threatened.
Santa Barbara County, U-S Forest Service, and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are being aided by two water dropping helicopters, and two air tankers are being used on the fire.
The CHP closed Highway 154, but reopened it at around 10:45 this morning. Precautionary evacuations were ordered in the Laurel Springs, and Painted Cave areas. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department used its reverse 911 system to let people on the pass know about the blaze.
The fire has been burning in a drainage area, and some power lines are reported to be down. There’s no word on cause of the fire.
While the weather has been hot the last few days, there’s little wind reported, which could be a key in firefighters efforts to control the blaze. Temperatures in the fire area this morning are in the mid-80′s, but could climb into the 90′s by mid-afternoon. The wind is expected to pick up to around 20 miles an hour.