SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Santa Barbara County Fire Department declared May 3 the beginning of the 2021 High Fire Season in Santa Barbara County.
During the season, all burn permits issued for residential burning and hazard reduction will be suspended.
County Fire will also be increasing the number of resources including engines, dozers, crews and helicopters that respond to reported vegetation fires.
County Fire wants to remind everyone to be extra vigilant about fire safety this season.
Due to the low levels of rain, there will be significantly drier fuels along with dry seasonal grasses during this time of the year causing significant risk of wildfire and spread of the fire.
California has provided $165 million in grants to develop and carryout fire prevention projects throughout the state during 2021.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department is actively applying for this funding in an effort to continue their fire prevention programs within the county.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants to remind the public to maintain vegetation clearance around structures, review and be familiar with their “Ready! Set! Go!” wildfire action plan.
They also remind residents to be extra cautious and aware when traveling or staying in the wildland areas of the county.
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