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Electrical Wires Blamed For Starting Brush Fire Which Threatened Thousands Of Santa Barbara County Homes

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:12pm

Two power lines coming into contact with each other are being blamed for starting a brush fire which caused a big scare in the Santa Ynez Valley, threatening thousands of homes.

The Olive Fire started just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, near Olive Street and Meadowvale Road.

With strong wind blowing, it quickly mushroomed to 170 acres, closing sections of Highway 246, and Highway 154.

Santa Barbara County firefighters quickly moved to protect homes, and kept the flames from destroying, or damaging homes. Some of the aircraft being used to fight the White Brush Fire, burning about 30 miles away, were diverted to help stop the spread of the flames.

The fire was fully contained at about 8 Tuesday night.

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