H-LOS ALAMOS

Jul 1, 2011 12:08 AM by Danielle Lerner

Windy conditions helped firefighters extinguish Alisos Fire

High fire season is in full swing on the Central Coast. Firefighters in Santa Barbara County battled three separate fires Thursday, the biggest scorched 120 acres in Los Alamos.

It started just before 1 p.m. in the 9200 block of Alisos Canyon Road. Firefighters say a large bird hit a power line in the area, sparking the flames.

In the air and on the ground firefighters went to work mopping up the acres of charred hillside the Alisos Fire left behind. It took crews just more than three house to extinguish the flames, which at one point threatened nearby homes and ranches.

"It was fortunate we didn't lose any structures, but we did have a lot of resources out because we had three fires going at the same time," said Captain David Sadecki of Santa Barbara County Fire. "So, when this fire started, we were running very thin on resources."

Luckily the weather proved more of a friend than a foe, warm temperatures and windy conditions actually helped firefighters battle the blaze.

"In this incident the wind kind of actually cooperated with us, the fire burned up against some natural barriers which made it a little easier for us to knock the fire down," said Sadecki.

Barriers like a roadway and vineyard provided much-needed breaks from the dry, brittle brush fueling the flames, and while Thursday's fire could have been much worse it probably will not be the last.

"High fire season is definitely here," said Sadecki.

A few fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the night to monitor the area. In the wake of this incident firefighters are warning people to be extra careful this Fourth of July weekend.

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