2013 Press Releases

Live fuel moisture (LFM) is important for assessing fire danger. LFM is defined as the percentage of water content to dry matter content in live vegetation. Sixty percent is considered critical. Santa Barbara County average LFM is at 62%, with some areas below critical.

At 9:33am, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC FD) responded to a vehicle accident, located on Highway 101 north bound, north of Fairview.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Manuel Martin Camarillo was sentenced to 8 years in state prison by the Honorable Clifford Anderson as a result of his plea on multiple felony crimes.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Warren Clayton Berry pled, as charged, to two felony counts of arson of forest land occurring on October 29, 2011.

Santa Barbara County emergency responders use several methods to communicate to their residents during emergencies. An important communication tool is the emergency telephone notification system; Reverse 9-1-1.

This Halloween weekend, police, sheriff and CHP Officers will crack down on drunk and drugged drivers throughout the region with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The 'AVOID the 12' DUI Task Force has given a fair warning to all partygoers: keep the party off the road.

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's North County Narcotics Investigations Unit, served a search warrant on a property in the 900 Block of Ballard Canyon, an unincorporated area located northeast of Buellton.

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Gang Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Santa Barbara County Probation Department conducted probation compliance operations in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara.

As the time change approaches on November 3rd, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

10-30-2013 news release veh vs bus