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Santa Barbara County does not go “in” or “out” of Fire Season. Rather, our county faces a year round fire threat.  Therefore, being aware of this issue can ensure that you and your family will know how to prepare for, respond to,…

In California, mudslides (also known as landslides) can occur during periods of intense rainfall or rapid snow-melt. They usually start on steep hillsides, liquefy and accelerate down the hill. The debris flow ranges from watery mud to thick,…

Even if you feel you live in a community with a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood.  Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future.  Flood risk isn't just…

The immediate impact an earthquake has over a community ranges from structural damage to properties, rupture in utility lines (gas, water, power, telephone), damage to roads and bridges, communication disruption, food and water storage, and…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can create extreme fire behavior.…

All tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike. Damaging tsunamis are very rare. Our coastlines are vulnerable, but tsunamis are infrequent. Understand the hazard and learn how to protect…

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HIGH FIRE SEASON PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE LEVELS

On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD), in conjunction with all other local fire jurisdictions, will declare the beginning of the 2017 High Fire Season period for all areas of Santa Barbara County.

Because of this declaration, all burn permits issued for residential burning and hazard reduction will be suspended. In addition, the SBCFD will be increasing the number of resources (e.g., engines, dozers, crews, helicopters) responding to reported…

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Beginning June 1, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will be conducting defensible space inspections. A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with educational material on how to comply. With the year-round threat of wildfire, the defensible space requirement is enforced at all times in Santa Barbara County. Non-compliant homeowners could be cited.

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Zika Virus Update

As summer approaches and mosquito season begins, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) would like to provide an update on Zika virus disease and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from this and other infections spread by mosquitoes.

About Zika: Zika primarily spreads through bites from infected mosquitoes. Note that the type of mosquito that carries Zika has not been found in Santa Barbara County. Zika can also be passed…

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Santa Barbara County Animal Services is partnering with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws to bring a Licensing Clinic and FREE Spay-Neuter clinic to the residents of the Cuyama Valley. The Licensing Clinic will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon at the New Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center. FREE spay/neuter appointments are available to Santa Barbara County Pet owners only. Space is limited, call today!

There are 4 steps to being a responsible pet owner:

  • Vaccinate –…
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