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Community Meeting Set To Talk About Aftermath Of South Coast Brush Fire

The May 20th Loma Fire in Santa Barbara damaged two homes
(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Arson blaze in Santa Barbara forced evacuations of hundreds; Damaged two homes

It was a brush fire which forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, and damaged two homes on the South Coast before it was contained. Now, the City of Santa Barbara is going to hold a community meeting on the May 20th Loma Fire, to answer questions about the blaze, and its aftermath.

City firefighters, police, and public works officials will talk about issues ranging from how emergency notifications are handled to what will be done to stabilize the charred hillside.

The wind whipped seven acre fire off of Loma Drive charred part of what’s known as TV Hill, threating dozens of homes. Firefighters got the upper hand on the blaze in about two hours. Investigators determined it was an arson fire. Victor Hernandez of Santa Barbara was arrested at the scene, and is facing arson charges.

The community meeting on the fire will take place at noon Saturday at a Santa Barbara community park, Parque de los Ninos.

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.