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On Tuesday, October 13th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC) responded to a small vegetation fire in the Cuyama Valley, resulting in approximately two acres burned. Fortunately, the responding two engines from SBC and the Los Padres National Forest were able to extinguish the fire. After investigation, it was determined that the cause of the fire was from an unpermitted welding operation.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department would like to remind the public that a permit is required for all “Mobile Welding/Hot Work” operations within the county. Along with taking into consideration weather conditions and fuel moistures, a 46-inch round tip shovel, a water extinguisher and a 10-foot fire break is required.

Click here for more information on Mobile Welding/Hot Work permits.




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




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Serving the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, and the Communities of Casmalia, Cuyama, Gaviota, Hope Ranch,
Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc, and Vandenberg Village