Santa Ynez grass fire

Firefighters examine a 2-acre area of grass that burned late Saturday morning on Edison Street in Santa Ynez.

A wildland fire Saturday that burned about 2 acres in Santa Ynez was caused by a man using a propane torch to eradicate weeds, a Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman said.

A County Fire investigator subsequently educated the man on the dangers of using torches to eliminate weeds and issued him a citation for allowing a fire to escape his control and for burning flammable material on a designated “no burn day,” said Capt. Daniel Bertucelli, public information officer.

Bertucelli noted County Fire does not recommend using torches or open flames for weed control and the practice is illegal in many parts of the county.

He added that all permit burning must occur on permissible burn days and all permit instructions must be followed when conducting burn operations.

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Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.