WEATHER »

No Current Fires in Santa Barbara County

Suspicious Smoke Has Drifted from Ventura Blaze, Officials Note


Smoke hovering over Camino Cielo, between Highway 154 and Refugio Road, is not coming from any fire in the county but instead is from the fire burning in the hills east of Ventura. This was noted by County Fire spokesperson Capt. Dave Sadecki, possibly to calm the nerves of the wildfire-phobic Santa Barbara County residents who have been spotting smoke in the sky and fearing the worst.

The smoke is also unrelated to Sunday’s eight-acre blaze in Los Padres National Forest, which members of a US Forest Service fire crew successfully extinguished within hours of it igniting. the San Marcos Volunteer Fire Department was also on hand to offer assistance.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Competition Growing for Available Drinking Water

New UCSB study determines less potable groundwater exists than previously thought in U.S.

Gas Company Launches New Conservation Program

SoCalGas asks Californians to 'Dial It Down' through a high-demand alert.

Amgen Tour 2019 to Visit Santa Barbara

Stage Five of the arduous event will pass through county next May.

Volunteers Needed for Storm-Readiness Effort

County requests citizen help to collate and distribute information.

E-Scooters Banned in Goleta

City Council votes for an immediate but possibly temporary ban while pilot program is developed.