Vegetation Fire Extinguished
updated: Jan 21, 2013, 2:56 PM
Source: Montecito Fire Protection District
The Montecito Fire Protection District responded to a reported vegetation fire
at the 1100 block of Channel Drive at 11:36 a.m.
Upon arrival, Montecito Fire personnel, with the assistance of a Santa Barbara
County Sheriff Helicopter found a fire burning in dead and decadent vegetation
at the end of a bike path. The fire originated on the beach, and burned uphill
on the bluff to the where firefighting personnel caught the fire. The fire was
knocked down at 12:15 p.m. burning less than ¼ acre.
Montecito Fire was assisted by Santa Barbara City Fire, Carpinteria/Summerland
Fire District and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. There were four
engines, one squad, helicopter, and chief officers for a total of 20 personnel
at the scene.
The fire cause was determined to be a warming fire started on the beach near a
homeless encampment. Several witnesses identified an individual they had seen
leaving the area immediately after the fire started. That individual was
questioned, and has been arrested by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department
in connection with the fire.
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