September 26, 2022
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No felony charges in Tea Fire

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The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office announced Feb. 13 that no criminal charges would be filed against the 10 people linked with starting the November Tea Fire in Montecito. However, the group will face arraignment in Superior Court March 2 on charges of trespassing, building a campfire and failure to obtain a permit required for a campfire.

For the first time in the three-month investigation, officials released the names of the 10 individuals on Feb. 17. Nine were determined to be Santa Barbara City College students at the time of the fire, according to published reports.

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