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Officials Search for Source of Oil on Montecito Beaches

State officials will continue investigation into globs found on Hammonds, Butterfly and Miramar beaches

Investigators were trying to determine the source of oil globs that washed up Wednesday on Montecito beaches.
Investigators were trying to determine the source of oil globs that washed up Wednesday on Montecito beaches. (Diego Topete / Noozhawk photo)

Firefighters spent several hours Wednesday trying to determined the source of oil that was discovered washing up on Montecito beaches.

Globs of oil, ranging in size from a quarter to a silver dollar or larger, were found at midday on Hammonds, Butterfly and Miramar beaches, according to witnesses.

Investigators “are not sure if it’s natural seepage or a spill,” said Jackie Jenkins, a spokeswoman for the Montecito Fire Protection District.

The incident has been reported to the state Office of Emergency Services for additional investigation, Jenkins said.

Other agencies, including state Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard, also have been notified, she said.

There have been no closures of the beach or the ocean in the affected areas.

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Montecito firefighters survey oil that washed up Wednesday on Miramar Beach in Montecito. Officials were still trying to determine if the globs were from natural seepage or a spill, and the investigation has been turned over to the state Office of Emergency Management. Click to view larger
Montecito firefighters survey oil that washed up Wednesday on Miramar Beach in Montecito. Officials were still trying to determine if the globs were from natural seepage or a spill, and the investigation has been turned over to the state Office of Emergency Management. (Diego Topete / Noozhawk photo)

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