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Workers Weed Wacking During Red Flag Warning

At the head of the Tunnel Road Trail, we found workers clearing brush with weed wackers during a Red Flag Warning.The Jesusita Fire started after two locals used weed wackers on the Jesusita trail back in 2009.Meanwhile, the county recently banned parking during a Red Flag Warning along Tunnel Road, near the trail where workers are weed wacking. It’s so hikers and locals can evacuate quickly if a fire breaks out.We tried to find out why brush clearing was happening on a Red Flag Warning day from county and city fire officials, but they were unaware it was even happening.But, not long after our cameras starting rolling, the crew stopped and told us they were leaving because of the Red Flag Warning.Finally, after some phone calls… we found out the trail workers are clearing brush on behalf of the Santa Barbara Water Resources Division. They have a facility near the trail head. City fire officials say there may have been a communication breakdown.

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