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Source: Montecito Fire Department 

The Montecito Fire Department has released a DRAFT report: “A Retrospective Study of Montecito Fire Protection District’s Wildland Fire Program during the 2017 Thomas Fire”. 
To view the draft of the Retrospective Report prepared by Geo Elements, LLC; click on the link below:
Draft Retrospective Report
The Retrospective Report meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at the Montecito Fire Protection District Headquarters, 595 San Ysidro Road at 5:30 p.m.   All stakeholders including property owners, residents, local agencies, organizations, associations, business owners, community leaders and interested public members are encouraged to attend the meeting.
For any inquiries or comments related to this draft report, please contact Battalion Chief Aaron Briner at

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Flicka Oct 12, 2018 09:23 AM

For one thing, if a home is defensible the firefighters will do everything they can to get there and defend your home. They aren't going to chance endangering themselves if steps weren't taken to clear grasses and brush around the house. A friend did what they requested and even paid a huge amount to have brush cleared on neighboring property that abutted his when the owner wouldn't. His detached garage burned but the firemen stayed and save his home. Clearing around the house didn't include cutting down trees. Nearly all the houses around him burned, including the next door neighbor who wouldn't clear his property.

a-1561509872 Oct 10, 2018 10:31 PM

One thing that really rankles me is how, all over Santa Barbara, CalTrans, and City and County entities have ripped out shrubbery and decimated natural habitat all in the name of discouraging homeless from camping out in the bushes. I remember, many years back when a rape took place on SBCC campus and almost immediately the landscaping was denuded in many areas and the campus never looked as green or inviting again. Is destroying green growth the only solution? Now, in this report, officials wag their fingers at those whose homes/structures were "constructed of flammable materials" and home owners who did not lay waste to all the vegetation surrounding their domiciles. There is much head-shaking and pursed lips type objections made regarding high hedges and trees lining the streets and such. Honest to gawd. Are we all supposed to rape the land around us, destroy what little habitat is left for birds, bees and butterflies-----all because "defensible space" is supposed to be some miracle cure preventing wildfire destruction? I don't hold with people building in high-fire danger areas, but I do not believe for one second that continual removal of habitat/green growth is going to save one's home when fire and, more important, winds during fire are pushing your way. The only reason Santa Barbara and Goleta downtown areas/more populated areas haven't gone up in smoke due to Coyote Fire, Painted Cave Fire, Sycamore Canyon Fire, Tea Fire, Jesusita Fire, Gap Fire----whichever fire------is because the winds either let up or changed direction. Ripping out hedges, shrubs and trees is not realistic. Living without the blessing of oxygen-giving green growth is not the answer.

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