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Mowing Operation Blamed For Weekend Brush Fire Which Threatened Structures On Central Coast

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(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)
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A brush fire threatened some buildings, and burned about six acres of land on the Central Coast Saturday. A lawn mower is being blamed for starting the fire.

Fire investigators say the improper operation of a lawn mower led to a weekend brush fire on the Central Coast which threatened some buildings.

The Saturday afternoon blaze in Los Alamos burned about six acres of brush, and forced the evacuation of a motel.  Santa Barbara County firefighters aided by helicopters controlled the fire in about an hour.

No structures were damaged.  Investigators say the fire was caused by someone mowing dried brush with a tractor mower.  They’ve cited the operator for operating a mower in dry vegetation, as well as burning property which isn’t their own.

The investigators say it also serves as a warning not to use mowers or weed trimmers with metal blades in dry brush, and to never do it during critical weather 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.