NASA satellite image of the Zaca Fire taken on August 7, 2007
The Zaca Fire was a wildfire which began burning northeast of Buellton, California, in Santa Barbara County, California. The fire started on July 4, 2007, and by August 31, it had burned over 240,207 acres (972.083 km2), making it California's second largest fire in recorded history after the Cedar Fire of 2003. The fire was contained on September 2, 2007. It was declared controlled on October 29, 2007.
The fire was started as a result of sparks from a grinding machine on private property which was being used to repair a water pipe.
By August 12, progress was being made on the fire through the combined efforts of firefighters and aircraft. Firefighters were able to turn the direction of the fire away from the Paradise Road community.
As of September 2, the fire had cost $117 million to fight, and was 100% contained. The fire had primarily burnt away from populated areas in extremely steep and rugged areas of the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River Recreation Area. It only destroyed one Forest Service outbuilding. Its impacts on the environment and area water resources are not yet fully known. Many trails and campgrounds in the Dick Smith Wilderness were destroyed; a number have been rebuilt.