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Drum Fire Cause News Release

Posted Nov 19, 2020
Drum Fire Cause News Release

The cause of the Drum Fire that occurred on June 14, 2020 was determined to be a Pacific Gas and Electric electrical conductor (Power line) that failed and arced to the ground.

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OTS Jaws Grant 2020

Posted Oct 28, 2020
OTS Jaws Grant 2020

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department was awarded a $74,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for the purchase of new battery powered extrication equipment that will be used to rescue crash victims. Known as the “Jaws of Life,” first responders use these rescue tools to break apart a wrecked vehicle with victims trapped inside.

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Copter 964 News Release

Posted Oct 08, 2020
Copter 964 News Release

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Fire Air Support Unit (ASU) is pleased to announce the arrival of Copter 964, a 2004 Sikorsky HH-60L “Firehawk” helicopter. Since its purchase in 2019, the Firehawk has been stationed in Alabama, where it has undergone a retrofit with all-new state-of-the-art avionics, paint, and a new rescue hoist.

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Hollister Fire Cause and Determination

Posted Oct 07, 2020
Hollister Fire Cause and Determination

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Investigators determined the Hollister Fire which started on Thursday, May 7th 2020, at 0213, was caused by Southern California Edison electrical conductors (power lines).

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ARPD and UTV News Release

Posted Oct 02, 2020
ARPD and UTV News Release

The XSB Urban Search and Rescue Regional Task Force (RTF-12), composed of firefighters from the Santa Barbara County operational area, have just returned from deployment to the North Complex Fire in Northern California. RTF-12 was assigned to search the remnants of homes destroyed by the fire for human remains.

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Red Flag Warning 9-30-2020

Posted Sep 30, 2020
Red Flag Warning 9-30-2020

RED FLAG WARNING FOR SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COAST AND MOUNTAINS FROM 6PM TODAY UNTIL 9AM THURSDAY.

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Los Alamos Fire Cause

Posted Sep 30, 2020
Los Alamos Fire Cause

The Alamos Fire that occurred on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at approximately 3:00 pm was caused by an individual mowing dried vegetation and brush with a tractor mower.

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Miguelito Canyon Fire Cause

Posted Sep 14, 2020
Miguelito Canyon Fire Cause

SANTA BARBARA, CA
Santa Barbara County Fire Department fire investigators have determined the cause of the “Lito Fire” (Miguelito Canyon) on September 7th 2020, to be a result of recreational target shooting.

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September 11th Ceremony 2020 UPDATE

Posted Sep 08, 2020
September 11th Ceremony 2020 UPDATE

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. September 8, 2020 –
Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the Fire Department has decided to conduct a virtual 9/11 ceremony this year. To watch the live broadcast, we are asking the public to either go to KEYT.com, or watch on the My Network TVchannel which is Cox Communications Channel 13 in Santa Barbara County.

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September 11th Ceremony 2020

Posted Sep 02, 2020
September 11th Ceremony 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. September 2, 2020 – Nineteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked when terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC and another in a Pennsylvania field. We will never forget the terrible tragedy that occurred that day.

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