Extreme fire behavior and high winds throughout the day made it unsafe for firefighters to get containment of the Tecolote fire on Saturday, state officials said.
Large smoke plumes were visible since Saturday morning, which made it hard to adequately size up the fire, officials said.
The use of airtankers was halted due to strong winds, but a Type 1 helicopter continued to make water drops.
No structures were immediately threatened and no evacuations were ordered.
The fire is on Bear Mountain in the Tecolote drainage area, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon.