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Montecito Fire Chief announces retirement

By Christina Atchison on Feb 13, 2023 at 10:08 PM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor announced today his upcoming retirement from the Montecito Fire Department after 35 years of service. Chief Taylor began his career in the fire service in 1987 and has served as Montecito Fire Chief since 2019. His last day as Fire Chief will be March 31, 2023.

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Annual Neighborhood Chipping Program to begin February 13

By Christina Atchison on Feb 09, 2023 at 04:14 PM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – Montecito Fire Department’s 14th annual Neighborhood Chipping Program will begin Feb. 13, 2023. This important fire prevention and preparedness program assists community members with increasing defensible space ahead of high wildfire season.

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New wildfire detection camera installed in Montecito

By Christina Atchison on Feb 01, 2023 at 07:33 PM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – A wildfire detection camera is now installed on Ortega Ridge in Montecito, providing coverage of the eastern portion of the Santa Barbara front country. The ALERT California camera is part of a growing network of cameras across the western United States that help local, state and federal agencies better detect and suppress wildfires. 

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Firefighters respond to structure fire on 900 block of Picacho Lane

By Christina Atchison on Jan 28, 2023 at 02:43 AM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA – Montecito Fire responded to a reported structure fire on the 900 block of Picacho Lane at 4:56 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

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Local Assistance Center to open Saturday 1/21 at Montecito YMCA

By Christina Atchison on Jan 20, 2023 at 12:38 AM in Press Releases

Montecito Local Assistance Center: English and Spanish speakers on site.
Saturday, January 21, 2023 Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: YMCA – 591 Santa Rosa Lane, Montecito, CA 

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Raising Our Light 1/9/18 Debris Flow remembrance event is canceled

By Christina Atchison on Jan 19, 2023 at 10:56 PM in Press Releases

After thoughtful discussion, the Montecito Community Partnership Team has decided not to hold the Raising Our Light event this year. 

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Winter Storm Advisory: Prepare for more rain Fri. 1/13 through Tues. 1/17

By Christina Atchison on Jan 13, 2023 at 03:29 AM in Press Releases

(SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.) – Now is the time to prepare for the next storm system heading our way. With the current dry weather, public safety officials are asking Santa Barbara County residents to prepare for this weekend’s rain and potential impacts.  

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Evacuation Orders & Shelter in Place Lifted for Santa Barbara County

By Christina Atchison on Jan 10, 2023 at 02:17 PM in Press Releases

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with fire agencies and other public safety officials, has announced that as of 2:00 p.m. January 10, 2023, evacuation orders are lifted for the impacted areas of City of Carpinteria, Montecito, and City of Santa Barbara. Shelter in Place for impacted areas of the Cave Fire Burn Scar and Alisal Burn Scar and Foxen Canyon/Santa Maria Mesa/Tepusquet areas have also been lifted.

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IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER FOR ALL OF MONTECITO, PARTS OF CARPINTERIA, SUMMERLAND & CITY OF SANTA BARBARA.

By Christina Atchison on Jan 09, 2023 at 10:51 AM in Press Releases

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Immediate Evacuation Order for all of Montecito, parts of Carpinteria, Summerland & City of Santa Barbara

By Christina Atchison on Jan 09, 2023 at 10:15 AM in Press Releases

MONTECITO, CA.– An EVACUATION ORDER EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY Jan. 9, 2023 for the following areas due to threats to life safety caused by the ongoing storm:

ENTIRE COMMUNITY OF MONTECITO
ALL RESIDENTS OF TORO CANYON AND PADARO LANE IN CARPINTERIA-SUMMERLAND FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
ALL RESIDENTS OF SYCAMORE CANYON IN CITY OF SANTA BARBARA AND COMMUNITY OF MONTECITO

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