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Freeway Brush Fires
updated: Feb 18, 2013, 9:10 AM

By the Urban Hikers

Sunday was a busy day for local firefighters, responding to reports of four separate freeway brush fires.

As reported by Roger the Scanner Guy, just after 1:30 p.m. a small fire began on the southbound side of the 101, just south of the Los Patos Way exit. While firefighters were on scene fighting that fire, another fire approximately 100' further south began, causing firefighters to turn their attention to the larger fire. Both freeway fires were in the vicinity of the railroad tracks, near an apartment building behind the Cafe Del Sol.

SBFD dispatched several engines, as did Montecito Fire, however SBFD was able to quickly extinguish both fires before Montecito's arrival. Within minutes, two additional freeway fires were reported - one near the Sheffield Drive exit, the other near Castillo Street. Firefighters responded to these fires, and according to Roger's Code Red reports, the third and fourth fires were quickly put out.

Traffic along Coast Village Road was a nightmare for those traveling southbound, as many motorists exited the 101 at the Los Patos and Coast Village Road exits. To aid firefighters in their efforts, the CHP closed the Los Patos exit, which added to the heavy traffic along the surface streets, and contributed to the massive traffic jam along Coast Village Road.

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 COMMENT 375629P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:15 AM

$100 on a weekend warrior's travel trailer dragging chain!


 COMMENT 375637 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:27 AM

This is hardly a joke, costly and dangerous. Happening in Goleta, SB and now further South. An arsonist is a threat to all of us!


 COMMENT 375645 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:34 AM

KEYT reported that there were also fires set at Loma Alta & Carrillo & canon Perdido. This is no joke


 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:38 AM

Agreed, very scary. Thanks for reporting this UH! Love your work.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:40 AM

I don't think so there have been other fires in other places besides the freeway. I'd bet on some youngins in their 20's maybe 30's a group it's too much too quick for one guy. Though their have been warming fires I don't think the torches are houseless..They really LOVE the media attention and the arrival of emergency responders lights and sirens..My 2 cents. PS They probably have a scanner also.


 COMMENT 375710 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:37 AM

There is no doubt that most of these recent fires have been started by one or more transients. Most likely by accident, but you never know.


 COMMENT 375715P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:46 AM

710: SBPD ruled out homeless people after investigating the first fires around Loma Alta.


 COMMENT 375753 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 12:48 PM

Sounds like the community /neighbors have been taking action and watching out. Last couple of fires were being put out by neighbors before the fire dept got there.

Way to go! Take action!

The police and fire dept can't be everywhere.
Remember "if you see something, say something."
I know it sounds trite, but it's our community. We have to take care of it.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 05:09 PM

Were having a big problem down here in my HOOD right now and you can't do it alone you have to ask for help that is what they are there for call..


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