MONTECITO, CA – 9/23/16; 8:32 P.M. – The Montecito Fire Protection District responded to a reported vegetation fire in the 2700 block of Bella Vista Drive, at the Montecito / Carpinteria – Summerland border.
Upon arrival, Montecito Fire personnel found the resident of the property working with hand tools to extinguish a 20 X 50 foot fire burning under a eucalyptus row, with a heavy ember cast into the Picay Creek drainage. The fire was moving at a slow rate of speed, despite the winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour. The fire was controlled at 8:52 P.M.
Responding agencies included Montecito Fire, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire, Santa Barbara City Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, Los Padres Forest, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Sheriffs and Edison.
The Montecito Fire Department would like to recognize the resident, who played a pivotal role in the rapid notification of the incident, and attempts at fire suppression.
The cause of the fire was determined to be arcing power lines.