Jesusita Fire Defendants Win Major Victory in Court Ruling

Judge Rules That “Hot Work” Statute Does Not Apply to Defendant’s Use of a Weed Cutter

Court rules against DA theory a "hot work" permit is required for use of a weed cutter. Read story.

Jesusita Attorneys File Briefs

Attorneys for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen, accused of illegal actions that may have led to the start of the devastating Jesusita Fire, plan to file briefs addressing what sort of activities require a hot work permit. Read story.

Men Accused of Starting Jesuita Fire Plead Not Guilty

Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen Still Face Misdemeanor Charges

Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen still face misdemeanor charges. Read story.

From the Ground Up

Some Santa Barbara Fire Survivors Are Choosing to Rebuild Their Homes Greener and Safer

Some Santa Barbara fire survivors are choosing to rebuild their homes greener and safer. Read story.

Firefighting Under Fire

Environmental Group May Sue Fire Agencies for Retardant Drops That Killed Steelhead

Environmental group may sue fire agencies for retardant drops that killed steelhead. Read story.

Trail Gnomes Charged in Jesusita Fire

Misdemeanors Could Mean Fines, Jail Time, and Civil Penalties for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen

Misdemeanors could mean fines, jail time, and civil penalties for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen. Read story.

Paperwork, Pain, and the Long Road Back

The Ins and Outs of the Post-Wildfire Insurance Tango

Ethan Stewart looks into the details of wildfire insurance. Read story.

One-Year Anniversary

Tea Fire Began November 13, 2009

When the Tea Fire erupted in the foothills of Montecito a year ago this Friday, it scared the Santa Barbara community out of its wits, burned up 2,000 acres, and destroyed 210 homes. Read story.

Pine Canyon Fire 80 Percent Contained

Fire at Vandenberg Burned 450 Acres

A small brush fire grew rapidly under yesterday's strong winds, but authorities expect to have it contained today. Read story.

Small Blaze Starts at Vandenberg

300-Acre Fire Moving Southwest

A 300-acre fire is moving southwest on the Air Force base; authorities have dedicated air tankers and fire crews. Read story.

Fire Department Releases Report on Jesusita

Investigation Notes Given to DA for Assessment of Culpability

The investigation notes have been given to the District Attorney to be used in determining any possible culpability. Read story.

La Brea Winds Down

Red Flag Alert over, Mop Up Continues

Red Flag alert expired as small team of 295 continue clean up and mitigation work; fire closure area reduced. Read story.

County Unveils Hydromulch Program for Jesusita Burn Areas

Maps Identify Areas to Be Sprayed

Maps provide a close look at locations of Jesusita Fire hydromulching. Read story.

La Brea Smoke Plumes

Interior Burn Kicks Up, No Threat Posed

Smoke kicks up from interior burn; Manzanita Mt. monitored, no threat as Emergency Closure area reduced. Read story.

La Brea Update

Hot, Dry Weather Requires Careful Watch

Red Flag alert in effect due to hot, dry weather; area under careful watch as mop up continues. Read story.

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Public Resources

    Phone Numbers:
  • Public Information Hotline
    (805) 681-5195
  • SB Evacuation Info Line
    (805) 681-5195
  • Gap Fire Information
    (805) 961-5770
  • Reverse 911 sign-up line (to allow Fire personnel to reach you)
    (805) 681-4706
  • Forest Service Tip Line
    (805) 961-5710
  • Animal Shelter Hotline
    (805) 681-4332

    Radio Stations:
  • AM Stations: KTMS-990; KZSB-1290; KUHL-1410 and KINF-1440.
  • FM Stations: KCSB-91.9; KSPE-94.5
  • (Spanish); KSYV-96.7; KTYD-99.9; KSBL-101.7; KRAZ-105.9 and KIST-107.7.

  • Santa Barbara County's Channel 20
  • City of Santa Barbara, Channel 18
  • City of Goleta at Channel 19

    Additional Info:
  • In the event of a possible evacuation due to the Gap Fire the Public Health Department wants to identify individuals with special needs who may be unable to evacuate without help and those who need medical equipment that require electricity. please call (805) 968-0462 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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