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Fire Danger High in Parts of Santa Barbara County

Wooden fire signs in Montecito have arrows pointing to the word high.

Firefighters said the arrows would point to “extreme” if wind speeds pick up.

Many residents remember the windy evening in November 2008 when a fire started near the Tea house above Westmont college. More than 200 homes burned before the fire, that started in an illegal campfire, was snuffed out.

A fire ignited by a trail-clearing power tool burned more homes the following year in Santa Barbara.

Firefighters said people need to be on alert during current hot and dry conditions.

Mike de Ponce, Santa Barbara city fire battalion chief. said anyone who sees smoke or something suspicious should call 911 right away.

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