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Record High Temps Increase Fire Danger

Residents Asked to Help Prevent Brush Fires During Hot Conditions

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - As residents prepare for even warmer temperatures over the next few days, firefighters are asking residents to help prevent fires that could spread quickly through the dry hills.

Creating a defensible space around homes is key. It could help firefighters save buildings during a blaze.

Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said when people clear dry brush is also important.

Avoid using mowers and weed wackers in the middle of the day when the temperature is the warmest.

If a fire does break out, he said crews are prepared early on.

"Every morning at 8:30, we contact all the other fire departments in the area. We know exactly who we are going to send to fires either in the county or out of the county, we know what resources are available. So it's not like a fire happens and we try to figure it out. It's already figured out at 8:30 in the morning and we are ready to go," Sadecki said.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is also in contact with the National Weather Service and neighboring fire departments across the state in case more crews are needed if a fire breaks out.

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