SBC FIRE NEWS

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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Beware of Fraudulent Fire Inspections and Services

Posted Feb 26, 2019
Beware of Fraudulent Fire Inspections and Services
During the past several weeks there have been numerous reports of individuals entering businesses to perform a fire inspection survey for a fee. Schemes used by these individuals include using high-pressure sales tactics and/or posing as members, or contracted members, of the fire department to convince business owners to buy their services. It is important to understand that no fire departments within Santa Barbara County, including local jurisdictions, contract with any company or individuals for fire inspection services. Additionally, no fire department will ever ask for money up front.
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Recognizing a Natural Gas Leak

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Recognizing a Natural Gas Leak
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department offers the following information about how to identify a natural gas leak. There are a number of different ways to identify a potential natural gas leak.
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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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Cottage Hosp. Christmas Trees

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Cottage Hosp. Christmas Trees
SANTA BARBARA, CA. December 17, 2018 – On Tuesday, December 18th at 8:30 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Firefighters Charity Fund will be delivering Christmas trees to the new Cottage Hospital Children’s Medical Center located at 400 W. Pueblo Street in Santa Barbara. The trees will be delivered on an early 1900s fire engine with firefighters in turnouts and Santa hats. At approximately 10:00 a.m., firefighters and children from the hospital will decorate the trees together. The media is encouraged to attend.
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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It may be time to install new carbon monoxide alarm in your home. They come in all shapes and sizes, but serve one important role. Keeping you and your family safe. Recently, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, along with other fire agencies, have seen an uptick in calls for CO alarms going off in homes.
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Permit Burning

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Permit Burning
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. December 11, 2018 – On Monday December 17th , the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will transition from a High Fire Season to a Winter Preparedness Level.
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UCSB Lagoon Burn

Posted Jul 25, 2018
UCSB Lagoon Burn
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department, in conjunction with UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, has tentatively scheduled a one-day Prescribed Burn at UCSB Lagoon near Campus Point with a burn window from August 6 through August 10. This one-day burn is part of ongoing management effort to control non-native grasses and establish native bluff scrub vegetation. Building on successful past burns, this treatment will be conducted on a day within the burn window with the least amount of fog in order to generate enough heat to reduce the viability of the non-native seed bank, and on a day with the best conditions for dispersion.
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