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Cold Spring Tavern no longer threatened by Whittier Fire

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The historic Cold Spring Tavern is no longer threatened by the Whittier Fire, fire officials said Monday.

The elaborate sprinkler system at the tavern will soon be dismantled, according to Beth Hudick, a public information officer for the Whittier Fire.

The tavern, located off Highway 154 and Stagecoach Road, often flirts with wildfire threats. This year, Santa Barbara County Fire worked to build a sprinkler system that would dose the area enough to save it through the Whittier Fire's destruction.

And it worked.

A battalion chief told KSBY News earlier this week they used three "pumpkins" - each holding 1,800 gallons of water - with 25 sprinkler heads that ran for two hours.

The General Manager of the Cold Spring Tavern said the staff hopes to reopen the tavern by Wednesday, July 19.

According to the Tavern's Facebook page, this isn't its first run-in with fire; it survived the Zaca Fire back in 2007.

The building has been around since 1886, beginning as a stage-stop where travelers changed their horses and rested their heads.

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