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Gopher eradication device sparks fire in Goleta avocado orchard

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Jul 18, 2023

Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. officials say a gopher eradication device sparked a brush fire at an avocado orchard in Goleta on Tuesday.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. at a private ranch in the Los Padres National Forest area off N. Patterson Rd.

Fire officials say forward progress of the fire was stopped by 9 a.m. It burned about 1/4 acre.