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Zaca Fire Monday July 9

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An absolutely beautiful picture from Figueroa Mountain Lookout that would bring oohs and awes on any day but this. What appears to be cloud-like is actually a major firestorm raging over the Bald Mountain area of Hurricane Deck.

Published on July 9, 2007

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On the far western edge of the Zaca Fire, there is more activity than yesterday, a sign that the containment line in Schoolhouse Canyon is being threatened.

Published on July 9, 2007

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The Phos-Chek brings a false spring color to the landscape. In the background more of it is lain down in anticipation that the fire may attempt to breach the ridge further to the east.

Published on July 9, 2007

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Efforts to keep the fire from crossing the ridge continue all day with the outcome reasonably assured. It appears the ridge will hold. Small victories are savored.

Published on July 9, 2007

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When the wind shifts for a short period, the fire's progress is evident. With Bald Mountain in the background, it is apparent about 25% of the Deck has been burned. Just ahead of the thick black funnel are invaluable archaeological resources.

Published on July 9, 2007

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To support the ground crews the bombers drop heavy layers of Phos-Chek on the fire.

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Firefighters look across at the towering inferno in the middle of the Deck in awe.

Published on July 9, 2007

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Firefighters from the Prado Conservation Center in San Bernardino prepare to head down a dozer line to set backfire.

Published on July 9, 2007

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Meanwhile, in the central heart of the San Rafael Wilderness the fire races unchecked across the Hurricane Deck.

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In the early afternoon the fire began moving back towards the Zaca Ridge, threatening to cross over into the Santa Ynez Valley.

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As the flames approached the ridge the helicopters (now back on duty) work to extinguish them.

Published on July 9, 2007

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