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The Caballo Fire that occurred on September 6, 2021 and burned almost 70 acres was caused by a weed and vegetation burning operation. Fire Investigators determined that a propane fueled torch was used to eradicate weeds and vegetation without a fire department permit. The fire escaped the control of the operator and caused the Caballo Fire.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department does not recommend using torches or open flames for weed or vegetation control. A permit from the Fire Department is required for anyone operating a torch or an open flame device in a wildfire risk area. Anyone with questions regarding how to obtain a permit can contact [email protected] or 805-686-5077. Anyone with additional information regarding the fire can contact fire investigators at [email protected].




Contact Information:
Captain Daniel Bertucelli
Information Officer
Office 805-681-5531
Cell 805-896-6336
News Line 805-681-5546
Email [email protected]
Twitter @SBCFireInfo



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