SBC FIRE NEWS

News Releases

Permit Burning

Posted Feb 08, 2018
Permit Burning
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. February 8, 2018 – On Monday February 12th , the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will transition from a High Fire Season to a Winter Preparedness Level.
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High Fire Season Preparedness and Response Levels

Posted May 17, 2017
High Fire Season Preparedness and Response Levels
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 17, 2017 – On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD), in conjunction with all other local fire jurisdictions, will declare the beginning of the 2017 High Fire Season period for all areas of Santa Barbara County.
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Sherpa Fire Cause

Posted May 02, 2017
Sherpa Fire Cause
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 2, 2017 – Fire investigators from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) have released the official cause of the Sherpa Fire as accidental. A resident living on La Scherpa Ranch was burning a log in his indoor fireplace when the wind picked up, causing smoke to fill the residence. The resident then carried the burning log to an outside water faucet, dropping hot embers on the ground, which ignited the vegetation fire. The Sherpa Fire started on June 15, 2016 and burned 7,474 acres before it was fully contained on July 12, 2016.
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Advisory Graduation

Posted Mar 09, 2017
Advisory Graduation
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. March 9, 2017 –The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony for 18 newly appointed Firefighters. The ceremony will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105).
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CWPP Press Release and Boundary Map

Posted Jan 18, 2017
CWPP Press Release and Boundary Map
Santa Barbara County Fire Department announced today that it will be holding its initial public workshop in an effort to solicit community input during the preparation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for the San Marcos Pass/Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Areas.
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Red Flag Warning

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Red Flag Warning
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. October 18, 2016 – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County Mountains and South Coast (zones CAZ252,CAZ239) in effect from 3pm today October 18, 2016 to 6am Wednesday October 19, 2016.
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Red Flag Warning

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Red Flag Warning
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. September 22, 2016 – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County Mountains and the Santa Barbara south coast (zones CAZ252, CAZ239) in effect from 3pm Thursday September 22 to 6am Friday September 23, 2016.
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UCSB Lagoon Prescribed Burn

Posted Sep 13, 2016
UCSB Lagoon Prescribed Burn
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. September 13, 2016 – On Wednesday, September 14th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD), in conjunction with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), will conduct a small prescribed burn in UCSB's coastal open space. Controlled burns have been taking place for the past decade on the small piece of land called Lagoon Island. This burn is part of an ongoing UCSB research project. The burn will take place at 12:00 p.m. and is estimated to take an hour to complete.
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Burning Ban Issued

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Burning Ban Issued
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. June 27, 2016 – Due to California’s projected increased fire activity, coupled with record-setting drought conditions, requires the Santa Barbara County Fire Department to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting.
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Red Flag Warning

Posted Jun 23, 2016
Red Flag Warning
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. June 23, 2016 – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the mountains of Santa Barbara County (zone CAZ252) effective from 6 pm Thursday night to 6 am Saturday. In addition, a Fire Weather Watch remains in effect for the Santa Barbara South Coast during this same time period due to the potential for critical fire weather conditions.
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