Fire crews from Station 30 in Solvang responded to a vegetation fire at 11 a.m. on the 39-acre Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard property, located off the 1200 block of Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang.

Buttonwood winemaker Karen Steinwachs said the fast-moving fire was started by a mower hitting a rock and burned 1.4 acres of dry grass in the back canyon of the property west of the cabernet sauvignon vines before firefighters extinguished it.

Steinwachs said she was shaken up but no people or vines were harmed.

"It was really scary. It moved so fast," Steinwachs said. "They (firefighters) were here quick and had it out in 15 minutes." 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said the fire burned in a canyon but was surrounded on three sides by vineyards, which helped the effort to control the flames.

The department sent three engines, two hand crews and an air support helicopter to the fire, adding to structures were threatened, no evacuations were needed and no one was injured.

A crew of Hotshots remained and are tending to hot spots to prevent flareups.

Pintado Fire

Crews from Santa Barbara County Fire Department held a brush fire to 1.4 acres Wednesday in a canyon off the 1200 block of Alamo Pintado Road in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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