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.

Good Deed Gone Really, Really Bad?

County Fire Investigators Say Trail Gnomes May Have Sparked Jesusita Fire

Ray takes a look back at the Jesusita Fire investigation. Read story.

La Brea Containment Update

Mop up and clean up of 148 miles of fire line begin.

Mop up and clean up of 148 miles of fire line begin. Read story.

La Brea Fire Contained

Mop up efforts continue in two week wildfire.

Containment reached after two weeks in the 89,000 acre wildland fire, all evacuation warnings lifted. Read story.

La Brea Fire Report for Saturday

Full containment expected today

Full containment expected today as only two miles of fire line remain in the rugged back-country terrain. Read story.

La Brea Fire Friday Report

End in sight for two-week long blaze

Containment expected tomorrow, hard work and weather aiding suppression effort. Read story.

La Brea Update for Thursday

Containment in reach, work remains difficult

Full containment growing closer; hot spot work and encircling the fire remain objectives. All evacuation orders in fire area rescinded. Read story.

La Brea Wednesday Update

Containment Improving but Wilderness Burns

Only wilderness areas remain uncontained as fire battle continues to improve, expanded closures and erosion mitigation efforts begin in burnt areas. 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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