Authorities say we now know the cause of a major brush fire which blackened nearly 2000 acres of land in Santa Barbara county.
The White Fire caused a big scare, forcing thousands of evacuations from the Los Padres National Forest, in Santa Barbara County on Memorial Day. The blaze started Monday afternoon, and burned out of control for four days before being fully contained late Thursday afternoon.
U.S. Forest Service officials say embers from an approved fire zone at the White Rock Day use Area triggered the fire. Officials say it was totally preventable, and call it an expensive wake up call for people using forest areas to be careful with fire. The estimated cost of containing the fire currently stands at three million dollars.
No homes were destroyed by the fire, but dozens were evacuated as they were threatened by the blaze.