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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County Due to Alamo and Whittier Fires

Jul 16, 2017 5:56 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Alamo and Whittier fires, which have burned thousands of acres, damaged agriculture, businesses and critical infrastructure including power lines, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

Link to Governor’s Proclamation’s page:  https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19876

The full text of the proclamation is below:


WHEREAS on July 6, 2017, the Alamo Fire, and on July 8, 2017 the Whittier Fire, began burning and have rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continue to burn in Santa Barbara County; and

WHEREAS these fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS these fires have damaged and continue to threaten critical infrastructure, including major power lines, and have forced … continue reading »

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Zaca Fire Left its Mark on Santa Barbara County & the History Books

Jul 11, 2017 8:30 am

One of the largest fires in California’s history began on July 4th, 2007. Officials determined sparks ignited the blaze – not from fireworks, but from a grinder used by two men working to fix a pipe.
The Zaca Fire became the largest fire in Santa Barbara County history.

It took almost three months to contained and burned more than 240,000 acres, making it California’s second largest fire at the time (it now ranks number 4 on the list.) The cost more than 118 million dollars to fight, a price that would have certainly gone up had it not burned away from population centers into rugged areas of the San Rafael Mountains in the Los Padres National Forest. It destroyed only one building, a Forest Service outbuilding.  No fatalities resulted from the fire, but two pilots were … continue reading »

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