Santa Barbara County Fire officials expect fire season to ramp up in August and into the fall

  • Source: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
  • Published: 07/11/2019 10:45 PM

By this time last year, we had already experienced several serious fires in the region. The one year anniversary of the Holiday Fire was just observed earlier this week. Santa Barbara firefighters have been conducting defensible space inspections over the past month which is important because a new report indicates that our wet spring may have caused seasonable grass and fuel to sprout at a record rate. With warmer temps on the way, firefighters are shedding a light on where we're at with 2019’s fire season. In order to have a significant fire, you need three variables in action. “High temperatures, low humidities, and high winds,” explains Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Captain Daniel Bertucelli. The region is bracing for a heat wave this weekend but the wind will be missing from the equation. “The reason why it seems like it’s going to be so hot this weekend is because we've had a below average summer so far,” said Bertucelli.


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