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Series of controlled burns planned to reduce wildfire risk in Santa Barbara's front country

Artur Rekstad

About 450 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest will be burned in a series of events.

A series of controlled burns is planned for Santa Barbara’s foothills to reduce the wildfire risk.

The Los Padres National Forest will burn about 450 acres of brush in the Camino Cielo area, with the burns broken up into 15 to 35 acre events. The area is in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The idea is to remove built up fuel which can push a wildfire out of control.

There’s no word of the timing of the burns, except that they will start this month. The exacting timing will be dependent on weather conditions.

The Forest Service and air pollution control district officials will notify the public before the burns occur.

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.