One of the best ways to predict the location and behavior of future fires is by learning about historical wildfires in our area. Since the 1950s, Santa Barbara County averaged approximately one large fire per decade. However, the number of large fires within and adjacent to the County has increased substantially over the last decade. You can view an online interactive Santa Barbara County Fire History Map showing local fires dating back to 1912. This section is devoted to information regarding our rich local fire history.
In partnership with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a team of UCSB graduate students are surveying local communities in order to learn about what plants are commonly found near homes. The results of this survey will help the researchers choose plants for future flammability testing. Click HERE to complete the survey.