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As the summer fire season begins, Central Coast fire officials warn residents to stay alert

The Hill Fire burned more than 1,300 acres in Santa Barbara County. It's a 100% containment as of Saturday, June 1st.
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The Hill Fire burned more than 1,300 acres in the Los Padres National Forest, according to fire officials. It's at 100% containment as of Saturday, June 1st.

With the weather warming up – and after a series of fires broke out in Santa Barbara County last week – emergency officials are warning residents to stay alert. The fires ranged from six to 1,300 acres.

Scott Safechuck, with Santa Barbara County Fire Department says rising temperatures are drying out grass, making it more flammable. And, that’s why residents should be on high alert.

“Pay attention to the weather and when it's hot, dry, and there's windy conditions. [People] should maintain some type of vigilance in case a fire starts near them and those in rural areas,” Safechuck said.

Safechuck reminds everyone to stay extra alert, especially during hot, dry, and windy weather, which creates ideal fire conditions.

People living in high fire risk zones are required by law to create defensible spaces around their homes. This includes thinning vegetation to reduce fire risk.

You can find out if your home is located in one of these zones at SBCfire.com.

KCBX Reporter Amanda Wernik graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Journalism. Amanda is currently a fellow with the USC Center for Health Journalism, completing a data fellowship that will result in a news feature series to air on KCBX in the winter of 2024.
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