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

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)
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.