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Zaca Fire Morning Update

Containment : 63% contained - 127,244 acres


Last Updated: August 16, 2007 8:00 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: 127,244 acres

Containment: 63% contained - 127,244 acres

Full containment expected on September 7, 2007.

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Zaca GIS Section

Structures Destroyed: 1 outbuilding destroyed

Threatened: 483 homes and 112 outbuildings threatened

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

Injuries: 27

Cause: Human

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

Total Fire Personnel: 2,853 (766 CAL FIRE)

Fire crews: 66 (15 CAL FIRE)

Engines: 123 (15 CAL FIRE)

Airtankers: 8

Helicopters: 18

Dozers: 38 (8 CAL FIRE)

Water tenders: 73

Costs to date: $73.4 million

Major Incident Command Team: Unified Command

Conditions: The fire is burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain with continuous heavy fuel loading.

The Paradise Road is under an evacuation warning, open to residents only. The Santa Ynez River Recreation Area remains under an evacuation order.

People looking north from the Santa Barbara area will see a huge towering column of smoke. This column results from active burning on the Zaca Fire. The actively burning area is in the Judell and Logan Canyon area, approximately 25 miles from the South Coast communities. The fire is burning away from the South Coast and represents no current threat to these communities. Citizens can expect to see more of these columns as the interior of this fire continues to burn for the next week or more. There has been no movement toward the Santa Barbara area for several days and the southern edge of the fire is currently secure.

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.

PLEASE CALL 805-961-5770 FOR THE MOST CURRENT EVACUATION AND FIRE INFORMATION.

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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