DOC Team Receives Prestigious CAL FIRE Award for Work with Thomas Fire

Several of our staff were recently awarded by CAL FIRE for Superior Accomplishment for their emergency post-fire mapping efforts during the tragic Thomas fire and ensuing mudslide in Montecito last year. The Thomas fire started on December 4, 2017. It ignited on the south-facing hillslopes along State Route 150 above Santa Paula, and burned west…

Oil & Gas Engineers Double as Feline Heroes

Typically, being an oil and gas engineer means handling complex hydrocarbon and geothermal technology, crunching environmental data, using a high level of analytical skill. Sometimes, the job also includes handling fuzzy little kittens. On a usual weekday last month, Brian Tillquist , a field engineer for the oil, gas, and geothermal resources division (DOGGR), and…

Fire and Rain … and Debris Flows

Fire and Rain … and Debris Flows That’s what happened last January in Santa Barbara County. One of California’s largest wildfires, the Thomas Fire, was nearly 100 percent contained after five weeks. Two people died and more than 1,000 structures burned. Flames torched 281,893 acres. Then a band of thunderstorms arrived the morning of January…

It’s California Bat Week – October 24-31, 2018

It’s California Bat Week October 24-31, 2018. Bats are one of the most important animals in our environment. With more than 1,300 different species in the world, bats are diverse in both how they look and how they keep ecosystems balanced. While they might be creepy, bats are vital to a healthy environment. One bat…

The World’s Largest Earthquake Drill

Are You Ready to ShakeOut? With 318 million people living and working in the United States, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine how well we survive and recover. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in October 2017 involved more than 56.2 million participants through broad-based outreach…