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Santa Barbara County Declares Start Of High Fire Season

The 2019 Cave Fire burning in Santa Barbara County
(KCLU Photo)
The 2019 Cave Fire burning in Santa Barbara County

Low rainfall could mean rough high season

Fire season has become a year-round thing on the Central and South Coasts, as evidenced by things like the massive Thomas Fire in December of 2017.

But, there is a period of the year which is considered high fire season, where there is an elevated potential for major blazes. Santa Barbara County fire agencies declared Monday the start of their high fire season.

During the peak time of year for wildfires, fire department beef up their staffing. And, when they receive a call of a possible brush fire, they will deploy more resources than normal, with the idea being to try to stop a little fire before it becomes a big one.

There’s a lot of concern about the potential for brush fires this year, with annual rainfall only 20% to 50% of normal in the region. It’s creating much drier than normal fuel conditions.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.