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Fire at Butterfly Beach
updated: Jan 22, 2013, 8:50 AM

by The Urban Hikers

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning a reports were made to the Santa Barbara Fire Department regarding a vegetation fire at Butterfly Beach west of the stairs and at the base of the cliffs.

Crews from Montecito FD were first to arrive on scene, followed by fire crews from SBFD.

Thanks to a very aggressive response, the flames were extinguished quickly, and the fire was under the control of firefighters.

At a nearby residence, embers ignited a Canary Island Palm, and a quick-acting employee grabbed a hose, applying water to keep the fire from spreading. Firefighters then turned their attention to the tree hitting it with both water and foam to make certain the flames were completely extinguished.

It was a crowded day at Butterfly, and luckily all ended well.

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Vegetation Fire near the Biltmore. Chopper is on it and Montecito Fire is responding. UPDATED: with subscriber photos. [pics] (01/22/13)
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 COMMENT 366047P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 09:16 AM

Interesting to see the fire engine on what looks like the closed (except to bicycles) part of Channel Drive. That road should never have been closed, but should have had land taken from the property to the north when the cliff was eroding.


 COMMENT 366051 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 09:33 AM

I'm sure if you were the property owner of the land to be taken you might feel differently.


 COMMENT 366057 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 09:45 AM

047, taking private property so you can drive your car along a natuarally eroding cliff. Come on, really? I wish they would close all of Channel Drive to cars. Rename it Channel Walk.


 COMMENT 366071 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 10:11 AM

at 047P...Keep LA 100 miles south!


 COMMENT 366091 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 10:45 AM

Now would be a great time to remove that aggressive invasive, Arrundo Donax, from that hillside!


 COMMENT 366117 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 11:38 AM

There would not have been even a bike path, much less the lovely landscape to enjoy, had Ty Warner not stepped up to pay for both the bike lane and the landscape.

If the road was still there, you could expect all southbound traffic coming off Cabrillo Blvd to clog the road rather than drive through CVR to the 101 S on-ramp.

The bike path turned out to be a very nice solution.


 COMMENT 366132 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 11:56 AM

What was the cause of the fire?


 COMMENT 366140P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 12:11 PM

No question that not having that through road to the beach changed things. A lot. I love riding my bike along there, but I don't think Ty Warner provided the landscaping out of the goodness of his heart. And having to drive all the way around in a car is a total pain in the rump.

There used to be a heck of a lot less watering and maintenance going on, cliffside, as I recall. Now, you can go by there any day, everyday, during the week, and see the "gardeners" at work.

You can't see the ocean as well as you once could, either.

I have a friend who pitches fits every time we bike past Ty's place. She's right. He has installed a jungle, which requires gawd knows how much water. It looks green, but I wonder how much water is wasted there, each and every day.


 COMMENT 366145P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 12:17 PM

091: . BTW, it's Arundo donax. One 'r.' LIzards sure seem to like it. Personally, I no problem with removal of invasive species, so long as it is done without using pesticides.


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