Ray Ford

Firefighters To Burn The Final Piece

With Favorable Winds, Pendola Area Will Be Backfired

Firefighters were busy yesterday burning out the upper sections of Agua Caliente and Diablo Canyons. They had hoped to start from Pendola Jeepway, but these plans were dashed when the winds weren’t right. If more favorable at first light, the backfiring may be begin as the sun comes up this morning.

Late in the afternoon, preparations began for the backfire, with the DC-10 laying down long lines of retardant on the back side of the jeepway to check the fire if it does slop over and provide firefighters with some additional protection.

A panoramic look at the fire area depicts the burn area. Due to the angle from which the photos were taken near Romero Saddle, the perspective is not perfect but it does provide a reasonably good layout of the area to be backfired as well as some of the geographic features.

Panorama of today's burn area shows various locations for reference.
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Panorama of today’s burn area shows various locations for reference.

The ridge in the foreground of the panorama is actually this side of the Santa Ynez River. There is actually several miles of distance from this ridge to the burn out area.

View from approximately 1.5 miles down from the crest on what had been the Romero Single Track Trail.
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View from approximately 1.5 miles down from the crest on what had been the Romero Single Track Trail.

Romero Single Track Gets Dozed
Reports are premature that the Romero Single Track has been completely bulldozed; however; it does appear the bulldozing will be resumed Tuesday.

After talking with the Live Oak Fire Camp officials, they have confirmed the Romero Dozer group will continue pushing the road through the final section of single track tomorrow after closing the trail to public use today.

By Ray Ford

View looking down on the lower part of the single track trail last night shows the road has not been cut through this area.

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