From this vantage, a homeowner appears to be right in the path of the oncoming fire. Thankfully, this is not the case.
Plume Puts Santa Barbara on Edge
Back fire stategies are keeping South Coast out of danger
Saturday, August 18, 2007
In the early afternoon hours the plume began to build and by 3pm, many Santa Barbara residents began to worry once again. Was this the time when the fire would come over the mountain?
As I looked out from my balcony towards the crest of the Santa Ynez crest, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the huge plume that was building directly behind Mission Canyon.
Though I’ve been out on the fire lines for a month and a half, and know from firsthand experience the fire is always way further off than the smoke seems to indicate, I could feel myself caught up in the fear. What if it finally had broken through and was almost on us? Rationally I knew it was not the case: I’d just written a story this morning explaining the fire’s location, the plans for back firing and the hopes for success.
Emotionally, I could feel myself drawn up to the mountaintop, to the smoke, and to the feeling that perhaps, this time, we’d lost it.
By Ray Ford
Excellent perspective that shows the location of the back fire.
‘Of course we hadn’t,’ I told myself as I drove the agonizing 30 minutes of twisting road to the top of Gibraltar Road. I topped out, headed east to the first viewpoint, ready to see the fire raging up the hill. What a surprise - though it shouldn’t have been - the fire was right where I’d put it in this morning’s report, with the additional fact that the back firing had begun.
By Ray Ford
DC-10 lays down a long line of retardant to help fire fighters hold the back fire.
It was an incredible sight; the far ridge leading from the Mono Creek area to the Monte Arido ridge ablaze with fire. The main fire had been lit well behind the ridges on the north slopes to build the columns we were seeing from town. Once these were building in size, the firing was begun nearer the ridges and within minutes you could see the smoke from the new fires tilting into the main columns and being sucked into them.
Back fire is set on the back side of the ridge to build a huge column that will be used to draw in other points of ignition. This plume is typical of the displays creating unease in Santa Barbara