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Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District:
Chris Braden
Fire Services Specialist
805-564-5737
cbraden@santabarbaraca.gov

Wildland Mitigation:
Mark VonTillow
Inspector II/Wildland Specialist
805-564-5720
mvontillow@santabarbaraca.gov

Mike Lopez
Fire Services Specialist
805-567-5740
mlopez@santabarbaraca.gov
 

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Wildland Fire

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It is not a matter of “if” another wildfire will occur in our area, but “when.”
If your property is located within the City of Santa Barbara high fire hazard area you are at risk of damage from a wildland fire.

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City of Santa Barbara High Fire Hazard Zones

Map of High Fire Hazard Zones
City of Santa Barbara High Fire Hazard Zones
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Effect of the Drought

It is generally accepted that there is a connection between drought and wildfire, a risk that increases with multiple dry years. The California Department of Water Resources observed that California’s most devastating wildland fire episodes occurred either during a drought or in the year following a multi-year drought. Low fuel moisture creates conditions that are favorable to fire spread, and resulting outbreaks can be among the major economic impacts of drought conditions. Approximately 75% of wildland fire causes are associated with the activities of people, from deliberate sets to household ignition sources and to driving cars. That makes the urban wildland interface particularly prone to fire initiation and spread.