Live Ammo Burning Inside San Marcos Pass Yurt

UPDATE: Fire Contained and Quickly Knocked Down

Originally published 11:10 a.m., January 11, 2013
Updated 12:30 p.m., January 11, 2013
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[UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.]: County firefighters — assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department, and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department — were able to quickly contain and knock down the fire that engulfed a yurt near San Marcos Road this morning. Though the blaze spread to surrounding vegetation, no other structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. The fire was held to less than half an acre and “took place in an area with a small group of structures converted into living space,” said County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki in a prepared statement. “Santa Barbara County building officials were notified,” he said.

[ORIGINAL REPORT]:Santa Barbara County and U.S. Forest Service firefighters are currently battling a quarter-acre fire in the bottom of a canyon at 2040 North San Marcos Road that ignited early Friday morning. The fire appears to have started in or near a yurt, inside of which live ammunition is burning. Crews are also dealing with a venting propane tank, said County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki. Three county fire engines and a helicopter are on the scene, but the area’s rugged terrain has made access difficult, said Sadecki. Current weather is windy and cold but is having no effect on the fire, he explained.


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Now there's an unusual headline for ya.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've been told that ammo will not explode in a fire???

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

According to SAAMI and others, loose civilian ammo in a fire is not much of a hazard. However a loaded gun with a chambered round in a fire may shoot the bullet.

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Goodness gracious, now we need both gun AND Mongolian control.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's a traditional Mongolian BBQ as imagined by Tarentino.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yep, EastBeach, only in SB would you see such a headline!

The fire fighters did show courage and problem solving on this call. Propane leak and live ammo!?

passagerider (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@KV ... that is the funniest thing I've read all day.

"Genghis Khan Unchained" !!!

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 5:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@KV, that actually, and literally, made me laugh out loud.

I signed in just to give ya the hat tip.

Sothep (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 11:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for making my day :)

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 11, 2013 at 11:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The SAAMI video was interesting. Without a firearm's chamber to confine and direct the expansion of the gunpowder gasses, bullets & cartridges don't get much of a "push".

It would have been interesting to test military tracer rounds, but I'd guess results wouldn't differ much.

More reality to suspend while watching TV or a Hollywood movie.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
January 12, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

KV, that comment is the best I have read in a long time! Hilarious.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
January 12, 2013 at 8:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, is it as good as the Mongolian bar-b-que at Ming Dynasty?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 13, 2013 at 4:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good one, K-V.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
January 13, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

At Burning Man, I believe they call them domes.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 11:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@ italiansurg & Ken and the rest----Hahahaha!
Good laughs here.
Like my Mongolian momma used to say when she found me
playing with my ammunition on the tundra---Yurt in a lot trouble, young man!

Draxor (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 6:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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