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Minimal Debris Flow, Mudslide Potential Being Reported For South Coast Neighborhood Hit By Brushfire In May

Mike Eliason
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
The May 2021 Loma Alta brush fire in Santa Barbara threatened homes and commercial buildings before it was contained.

A street below the Loma Alta Fire burn scar will be closed during rainy season as a precaution.

Public works officials say mudslide and debris flow danger is minimal around the Loma Alta Fire burn scar. The blaze threatened dozens of homes on the South Coast in May 2021.

The fire burned part of what’s known as TV Hill in Santa Barbara, threatening homes and some commercial buildings.

No structures were lost in last May’s blaze. City of Santa Barbara Public Works officials say while large areas of vegetation were lost to the fire, the underlying soil remains stable. As a precaution, the street below the hillside will be closed to traffic during the rainfall season.

Fire investigators determined the blaze was intentionally set. Victor Angel Hernandez of Santa Barbara was arrested at the scene and is awaiting trial for arson.