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 »