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Man gets eight year prison sentence for arson fire which threatened hundreds of Santa Barbara homes

 The May, 2021 Loma Alta brush fire in Santa Barbara threatened homes and commerical buildings before it was contained.
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.

2021 Loma Fire burned on Santa Barbara's TV Hill. No one was hurt, but several homes were damaged.

A Santa Barbara County man has been sentenced to eight years in state prison for starting a brush fire which forced the evacuations of hundreds of people, and damaged several homes.

Victor Angel Hernandez pled guilty to arson charges stemming from the May, 2021 Loma Fire.

The fast moving inferno burned up a hillside on what’s known as TV Hill in Santa Barbara, at one point threatening KEYT-TV’s studios. No one was hurt, and despite the large number of buildings threatened, none were destroyed. Firefighters held the blaze to nine acres burned.

The 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the fire the night of the blaze. In addition to the state prison sentence, Hernandez was ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution to the city.

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.