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The Small Home Upgrade That Could Save Your Home in a Wildfire
By Christina Favuzzi   |   May 3, 2022

Whether you are in the process of renovating your home or still in the planning and dreaming phase, your Montecito Fire Department has a project to add to your list – the vents.  Hear us out. Overhauling your vents may not be nearly as satisfying as a new kitchen, but having new vents could be […]

Montecito Fire’s Annual Neighborhood Chipping Program Now Underway
By Christina Favuzzi   |   February 22, 2022

Springtime in Montecito – the hills are green, the weather is beginning to warm, and there’s a new buzz in town. It’s the buzz of a chipping machine shredding cut branches and brush into a million tiny bits.  Montecito Fire’s Neighborhood Chipping Program is back for its 13th year. It kicked off on Valentine’s Day […]

Critical Reminder: It’s Sundowner Season on the South Coast
By Christina Favuzzi   |   October 26, 2021

The South Coast experienced its first, and hopefully only, significant wildland fire of the 2021 fire season last week. The Alisal Fire started above Refugio, along West Camino Cielo, at about 2 pm on October 11. It was propelled by powerful downcanyon winds — what are locally referred to as “sundowners.” Additionally, much of the […]

Plan to Shoot Off Fireworks? Enjoy Some Sparklers? Just Don’t Do It.
By Christina Favuzzi   |   July 8, 2021

It’s America’s birthday party and what could be more celebratory than shooting off fireworks?! But no one will be celebrating if those fireworks spark a fire. Fourth of July in Montecito is a celebration of our great nation’s independence and, our community’s independence from all fireworks.  The manufacturing, storage, sale, handling, and use of all […]

Wildfire Season is Upon Us: Here’s How Montecito Fire Can Help You Prepare
By Christina Favuzzi   |   May 27, 2021

High fire season is officially underway for the South Coast. It’s easy to feel worried when looking at the parched brush, dramatically lacking rainfall totals, and concerning forecasts for warmer temperatures and impending sundowner winds. However, worry is not an effective method for survival. Instead, your Montecito Fire Department is focused on educating and preparing […]