Lit with excitement and by the huge fire’s light, hundreds of people stood in awe while the enormous pile of Christmas trees went up in flames Jan. 9 at Old Mission Santa Inés at the annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn. Coordinated by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, before the big pile was lit, firemen used several individual conifers to show the extreme flammability of just one cut tree.


The safety demonstration showed how flocking increased fire danger, and through comparison, the speed that a tree treated with retardant burns.

Excited children ran circles around the fire as the flames subsided.


The almost full moon in the sky added to the enchantment of the post-holiday inferno. The service allowed the public to dispose trees safely as well as providing safety awareness and a spectacular sight to witness.