Controlled Burn Above Carp

The smoke you see rising above Summerland and Carpinteria this morning is not a wildfire, according to Santa Barbara County Fire officials.

It’s a controlled burn and water is on site, they said, explaining that while today is expected to warm up, the morning’s relative humidity made it appropriate for the activity.

There are other burns scheduled as well.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

News Commentary: Death Penalty Shouts and Whispers

Governor's reprieve has little effect in Santa Barbara, except in the Han case.

Goleta Planning Commissioners Just Say ‘No’

Vociferous comments from Old Town residents help tip the balance for oversight on cannabis storefront applications.

Bullet Holes Found in Goleta Barbershop Window

Public's help requested in shooting investigation.

Free Emergency Response Training

The Independent is hosting a CERT class with County Fire's Mike Eliason.

Investigators Say Edison Power Lines Sparked Thomas Fire

The utility is pushing back, claiming officials mishandled and ignored evidence.