UPDATED: HMS 2007-08-12; Thermal MODIS: 2007-08-13 1030 (GMT); Fire Perimeters 2007-08-12; Sit Reports 2007-08-12

UPDATED: HMS 2007-08-12; Thermal MODIS: 2007-08-13 1030 (GMT); Fire Perimeters 2007-08-12; Sit Reports 2007-08-12

Zaca Incident Morning Update

Last Updated: August 13, 2007 7:00 am. Acres Burned: 94,522 acres.

Last Updated: August 13, 2007 7:00 am

Date/Time Started: July 4, 2007 10:53 am

Administrative Unit: Los Padres National Forest / Santa Barbara County Fire

County: Santa Barbara

Location: 15 miles NE of Buellton

Acres Burned: 94,522 acres. Containment 44% contained - 94,522 acres. Full containment expected on September 7, 2007.

Structures Destroyed: 1 outbuilding destroyed

Zaca Fire perimeter as of Aug. 12
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Zaca Fire GIS Section

Zaca Fire perimeter as of Aug. 12

Threatened: 483 homes and 112 outbuildings threatened

Evacuations: Please call 805-961-5770 for current information on evacuations.

Cause: Human

Cooperating Agencies: Santa Barbara County Fire, Los Angeles County Fire, Ventura County Fire, California Highway Patrol, American Red Cross

Total Fire Personnel: 2,719 (856 CAL FIRE)

Fire crews: 68 (31 CAL FIRE)

Engines: 108

Airtankers: 6 (2 CAL FIRE)

Helicopters: 21 (1 CAL FIRE)

Dozers: 32 (8 CAL FIRE)

Water tenders: 66

Costs to date: $66.7 million

Major Incident Command Team: Unified Command

Conditions: Fire remains in steep, rocky terrain with poor access, making direct fire attack very difficult. The weather pattern of high temperatures, single digit relative humidity and poor relative humidity nighttime recovery is expected to continue. Weak North wind is expected to develop. Progress has been made in working the fire north into the Dick Smith Wilderness and away from populated areas. Live Oak Zone: Indian Creek Canyon in the Dick Smith Wilderness experienced active burning throughout the night. On the East flank the fire continued to move towards the east in Pie Canyon. The fire continued to consume several unburned islands deep within the burn area. Richardson Zone: Fire behavior moderated during the night following yesterday’s extreme fire behavior.

The evacuation order for residents of the Paradise Road community, Los Prietos Boys Camp, Paradise Store and the Rancho Oso Guest Ranch has been downgraded to an evacuation warning effective Sunday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. The Lower Santa Ynez River Recreation Area campgrounds, day use areas and trailheads will remain closed.


Phone Numbers (805) 961-5770 (Zaca Fire Information)

All the infomation in this update, and many more resources, are available at California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection.

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