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Cold Fire Investigation Update
updated: Nov 08, 2012, 3:12 PM

Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. November 8, 2012 - On the afternoon of November 6, 2012, numerous resources responded to initial reports of a vegetation fire burning in heavy fuels and in steep terrain, in the hills above Montecito. The Cold Fire was located near the Cold Springs Trail, off of East Mountain Dr.

UPDATE: Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators have determined that the Cold Fire was directly related to human activity. The investigation is ongoing.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators are requesting public assistance with information from anyone that was in the area regarding the cause of the Cold Fire.

Please call the Cold Fire Tip Line at (805) 686-5061.

Contact Information:

Captain David Sadecki
Information Officer
Office 805.681-5531
Cell 805.689-0599
News Line 805.681-5546
Email david.sadecki@sbcfire.com

All Santa Barbara County Fire Department News Releases are available at www.sbcfire.com

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 COMMENT 340696 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 03:19 PM

I wonder if they have questioned the hikers that were there at the time?


 COMMENT 340700P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 03:24 PM

My first thought was that someone had dropped a cigarette butt. (Or maybe a tiny flake of a spark off a joint?) Who knows? Doubt if we'll ever know on this one.

Just glad it was kept to two acres and then contained.

Stupid humans. If it's not lightning, it's humans.


 COMMENT 340730 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 04:43 PM

@696 Yep, hope they got the names of the hikers they rescued.

Thought they were so sure it was the guy out walking his dog. " Witnesses saw him," they said. What happened to that?


 FIRST DISTRICT agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 08:43 PM

Around noon on Election Day we were en route to the Montecito 'Y' when a USFS vehicle with siren on charged up the road. We looked up in to the hills and saw smoke and flames. How impressive that the response was so immediate. We saw the planes and copters taking action. We musn't take the beauty of our area for granted and credit needs to be given to all of those who saw to it that the Cold Fire was short-lived.


 COMMENT 340844P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 06:24 AM

Yes, what happened to the "suspect" that was apprehended? Hispanic in white teeshirt or something to that effect? Was he a poor innocent, in the wrong place at the wrong time?


 COMMENT 341007P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 11:44 AM

With the exception of a lightening strike, all these fires are directly related to human activity...


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