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Companies Agree To Multi-Million Dollar Settlement For Costs Of Controlling Santa Barbara County’s Largest Wildfire

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:53pm

Four companies have paid a total of $17 million dollars in a settlement with the state, and federal governments for costs of fighting the largest brushfire in Santa Barbara County history.

Investigators say the Zaca Fire started on July 4th, 2007 when employees of the La Laguna Ranch, in the Santa Ynez Valley were using a metal grinder on a section of pipe, and sparks ignited nearby brush.

The blaze burned for more than three months before being fully controlled, burning more than 240,000 acres of land.

The four companies associated with the ranch agreed to the settlement without admitting any wrongdoing.

The total costs of putting out the fire were estimated to top $120 million dollars.

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