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Edison Fire Cause Determination

Posted May 21, 2019
Edison Fire Cause Determination
The cause of the wildland fire in Santa Ynez, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, was determined to be a result of an individual eradicating weeds with a propane torch. A Santa Barbara County Fire Investigator educated the individual on the dangers of using torches to eradicate weeds and issued a citation for allowing a fire to escape his control and for burning flammable material on a designated “No Burn Day”.
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Lompoc Valley Fuels Project

Posted May 08, 2019
Lompoc Valley Fuels Project
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is pleased to announce that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has awarded the Department a California Climate Investment (CCI) Fire Prevention Grant for the Lompoc Valley Fuel Reduction Project. The Lompoc Valley Fuel Reduction Project is a 4-year, $2.5 million project with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department acting as the lead agency.
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WUI Drill New

Posted Apr 25, 2019
WUI Drill New
On Wednesday, May 8th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be hosting fire departments from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties at the annual Interagency Wildland Urban Interface drill. This year’s drill will take place in the area of the Holiday Fire, which burned in the North Fairview (Holiday Hill) area of Goleta on July 6th, 2018.The purpose of the drill is to train firefighters on structure defense tactics, including home preparation, hose deployment skills, helicopter operations and life safety measures. We educate, train and take value in the lessons learned from previous events with the hope that lessons learned can improve fire safety during future emergencies.
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Advisory Promotions

Posted Apr 09, 2019
Advisory Promotions
Santa Barbara, Ca. April 9th, 2019- The Santa Barbara County Fire Department(SBCFD) is proud to announce the promotion of Rob Hazard to the position of Division Chief.
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575 N. Alisal Fire Cause

Posted Mar 25, 2019
575 N. Alisal Fire Cause
Santa Barbara, Ca, March 25, 2019- On Saturday March 23th at approximately 0957, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 575 N. Alisal Rd. in Solvang. Santa Barbara County Fire investigators, after a thorough investigation have determined the cause of the fire to be “careless discarding of smoking materials.
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Zaniboni Retirement

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Zaniboni Retirement
On March 21st 2019, after 33 years of service, Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer Captain Dave Zaniboni will be retiring. Captain Zaniboni served the county Fire Department in many capacities rising through the ranks from Firefighter Paramedic to Captain and finishing his career as the departments Public Information Officer. Dave represented the department during several significant incidents including; Sherpa Fire, Whittier Fire, Thomas Fire and the Montecito debris flow. His knowledge, compassion and connection with the community helped us stay informed and engaged. Captain Zaniboni will be greatly missed by his co-workers and those he impacted throughout his career.
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Flash Flooding/Debris Flow/Increased Staffing

Posted Mar 05, 2019
Flash Flooding/Debris Flow/Increased Staffing
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. March 5, 2019 – The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that a storm arriving today and continuing through Wednesday morning could have rainfall in the range of .5 to .8 inches of rain per hour with the possibilities of thunderstorms. The NWS informed the County that moderate to heavy rainfall rates Tuesday night into Wednesday morning may be enough to generate isolated mud and debris flows near the Whittier, Sherpa and Thomas burn areas.
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Flash Flooding/Debris Flow/Increased Staffing

Posted Feb 01, 2019
Flash Flooding/Debris Flow/Increased Staffing
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. February 1, 2019 – The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that a storm arriving Friday night and continuing through Saturday could have rainfall in the range of 0.50-1.0 inch/hour. The NWS informed the County that moderate to heavy rainfall rates late Friday and overnight should be enough to generate isolated mud and debris flows near burn areas. An Evacuation ORDER has been issued for the communities near and below the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas for their own safety. High risk for loss of life and property exists.
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Burn Program

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Burn Program
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced changes that will go into effect today affecting permitted pile burns. Pile burns are permitted by the County Fire Department and fall into three categories: Agricultural, Hazard Reduction, and Residential Backyard. Permitted pile burns are different from prescribed burns; prescribed burns involve standing vegetation and are performed by land managers, including fire agencies.
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Promotion Ceremony News Advisory

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Promotion Ceremony News Advisory
SANTA BARBARA, CA. December 17, 2018 - The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is proud to announce several promotions within the department. A promotional ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Santa Barbara County Fire Headquarters Memorial Plaza.
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