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Fire Investigators Say Santa Barbara County Brush Fire Triggered By Wind Blowing Over Power Pole

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)
Firefighters battle a bursh fire on the Gaviota Coast in May. Investigators say a power pole knocked over by wind triggered the blaze.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators say a power pole which was knocked down by strong sundowner winds triggered a brush fire which threatened some ranches on the Gaviota coastline.

The fire started May 7th on Hollister Ranch.  Fire Department investigators say a Southern California Edison utility pole fell to the ground during the wind event, igniting some dry brush.

The blaze burned more than 150 acres of brush, prompting some evacuation warnings.  But, Santa Barbara County firefighters were able to contain the blaze without any homes being lost.

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