Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Eliason shared this video of a county firefighter using a terra torch, which throws a stream of flaming liquid and facilitates rapid ignition, during the 1,600-acre prescribed fire operation in Santa Ynez Valley. The controlled event will achieve strategic fuel reduction in an effort to reduce the risk of future wildfire.

To learn more about the art and science of prescribed burns, read reporter Tyler Hayden’s first-hand account from June 2021 here.

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