Mulch Fire at Tajiguas Landfill

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Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)
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Update by edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded to a fire at the Tajiguas Landfill on Thursday evening.

At 6:20 p.m., multiple county engines, a large excavator, and a response from the Los Padres National Forest arrived on the scene and discovered a large mulch pile on fire. 

Heavy smoke was pouring over the freeway causing visibility issues so the California Highway Patrol assisted groups of cars through the smoke.

The County Fire Department stated crews will continue to spread out mulch and extinguish hot spots, and will stay on the scene until all threats are mitigated.

This is a developing story.

Photo: SBCFD

Reported by Scanner Andrew

County firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire at the Tajiguas Landfill.


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a-1652612797 May 15, 2022 04:06 AM
Mulch Fire at Tajiguas Landfill

Noozhawk reports a spark from heavy equipment started it. Good detail and interesting photos there.

a-1652463829 May 13, 2022 10:43 AM
Mulch Fire at Tajiguas Landfill

Advise anyone traveling through to wear your N95 mask and keep your car vents on circulate. Products of combustion are highly carcinogenic.

a-1652475810 May 13, 2022 02:03 PM
Mulch Fire at Tajiguas Landfill

KOHN, how come ya say that? I mean, I am a bit nuts, but wearing a chemical and particulate filtering mask when passing through a literal trash and mulch fire ain't nuts, it's common sense if you have one readily available :)

a-1652463782 May 13, 2022 10:43 AM
Mulch Fire at Tajiguas Landfill

It's spontaneous combustion, mulch generates heat. They do what they can, but we are talking thousands of cubic yards of material, this will happen sometimes.

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