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High Fire Season in Santa Barbara County effective June 5, 2023

By Christina Atchison on Jun 05, 2023 at 09:35 PM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department, in conjunction with all local fire jurisdictions including Montecito, has declared June 5 as the start of the 2023 High Fire Season for all areas of Santa Barbara County.

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Prescribed grazing project to begin week of May 15 at Ennisbrook Open Space

By Montecito Fire on May 10, 2023 at 02:39 PM in Press Releases

Montecito Fire deploys sheep to reduce community’s wildfire risk

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County of Santa Barbara breaks ground on Regional Fire Communications Center

By Montecito Fire on Apr 25, 2023 at 02:25 PM in Press Releases

Creating Centralized Dispatch Center for County & Expanding Emergency Operations Center

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Montecito Fire honors the promotions of six employees

By Christina Atchison on Apr 19, 2023 at 06:14 PM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – The Montecito Fire Department recognized the recent promotions of six employees with a ceremony Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at Fire Station 91. Family, friends, colleagues and community members were invited to attend the Promotional Ceremony to honor the employees’ professional accomplishments of the six employees.

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Montecito Fire achieves higher rating from Insurance Services Office

By Christina Atchison on Apr 03, 2023 at 10:38 AM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – Montecito Fire Protection District recently earned an improved rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) for its national Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program. The fire department’s ISO rating improved from 3/3x to 2/2x. The rating is based upon an evaluation of the structure fire suppression capabilities provided to the Montecito community. Insurers utilize this information to set insurance rates.

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Board of Directors appoints new Montecito Fire Chief

By Christina Atchison on Mar 27, 2023 at 03:57 PM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – The Montecito Fire Protection District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of David Neels as Fire Chief following Chief Kevin Taylor’s retirement on March 31, 2023. Chief Neels’ first day as Chief will be April 1, 2023. He will lead a team of about 50 full-time fire department employees serving the Montecito community.

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Evacuation Order canceled for identified properties in South Santa Barbara County effective 5:30 P.M. March 14, 2023

By Christina Atchison on Mar 15, 2023 at 01:13 AM in Press Releases

(SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA.) –  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with fire agencies and other public safety officials, has announced that as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Evacuation Orders are canceled for the identified properties and parcels in the Alisal Fire, Cave Fire, and Thomas Fire burn areas in Santa Barbara County.

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Evacuation Order for identified properties in Montecito & Thomas Fire burn area effective 8 A.M. March 14

By Christina Atchison on Mar 14, 2023 at 02:42 AM in Press Releases

AN EVACUATION WARNING IN EFFECT AS OF 6 P.M. ON MONDAY, MARCH 13 TURNING INTO AN EVACUATION ORDER AS OF 8 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MARCH 14

An EVACUATION WARNING has been issued effective Monday, March 13 at 6pm for the identified properties and areas in south Santa Barbara County associated with the Alisal, Cave, and Thomas Fires.

This EVACUATION WARNING will be upgraded to an EVACUATION ORDER at 8am tomorrow (3/14).

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Structure Fire at Montecito Fire Station - Final Update

By Christina Atchison on Feb 26, 2023 at 05:27 AM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023, on-duty firefighters at Montecito Fire Station 92 noticed the smell of smoke in the building and conducted a search to find the source of the smoke. Light smoke was filling the first and second floors of the fire station at 2300 Sycamore Canyon Road.

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Winter Storm Advisory for Santa Barbara County, including Montecito

By Christina Atchison on Feb 24, 2023 at 01:14 AM in Press Releases

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Winter weather conditions continue to be forecast for Santa Barbara County for Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25. Extreme cold temperatures, snow at higher elevations, continued wind, localized flooding, and isolated thunderstorms are possible countywide.

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