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The Jesusita Fire

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A photo of the Jesusita Fire burning north of Foothill Road, taken from the Independent office on Figueroa Street.

Published on May 5, 2009

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Jesusita Fire smoke seen from downtown Santa Barbara at about 2:15 p.m.

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Smoke from the Jesusita fire as seen from Conejo Road.

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View of the Jesusita Fire from the Santa Barbara Courthouse, taken at 2:45 p.m.

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Smoke from the Jesusita Fire looms over downtown Santa Barbara.

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People watch the Jesusita Fire burn from the tower of the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

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Flames of the Jesusita Fire are visible from from the Santa Barbara Courthouse tower.

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Jesusita photo from Painted Cave.

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Jesusita Fire

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A man is hosing down a roof on Laurel Canyon Road.

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Onlookers of the Jesusita Fire.

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A helicopter making a drop on the Jesusita Fire.

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A helicopter making a drop on the Jesusita Fire.

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The Jesusita Fire

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One of four helicopters currently fighting the Jesusita Fire.

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An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Jesusita Fire.

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Johnny Morosin, former owner of the Greek-Italian Deli on State Street, atop his roof in San Roque Canyon, with his sprinkler going.

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Johnny Morosin, former owner of the Greek-Italian Deli who lives in San Roque Canyon, watches the fire from his roof.

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Seen from Jesusita Lane, a helicopter drops water on a patch of fire.

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Jesusita Lane sits above Jesusita Trail in San Roque Canyon, where the fire began.

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People seen evacuating from San Roque Canyon on Tuesday, May 5, just hours after the Jesusita Fire started.

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Johnny Morosin, an LA Times reporter, and friends watch the fire from San Roque Canyon.

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An air tanker makes a drop on the Jesusita Fire.p

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Johnny Morosin atop his roof in San Roque Canyon.

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Susan and Stephen Robeck, who are holding an antique model that belonged to his father, live in the Jesusita Fire evacuation zone and did leave following the order.

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Two helicopters vie for airspace while fighting the Jesusita Fire.

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A helicopter fighting the Jesusita Fire refills at Lauro Reservoir.

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Red Cross volunteer and registered nurse Marion Cozort packs up the Red Cross shelter at First Presbyterian Church. It has moved to Dos Pueblos High School.

Published on May 5, 2009

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A woman in a blue pick-up truck tries to keep the media trucks from getting onto private property.

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Crew command, Jesusita Fire.

Published on May 6, 2009

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Helicopter drops water along Jesusita Trail where the fire started just before 2PM.

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Though fire is less than a half acre in size, winds quickly push it east.

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Engine crews watch helplessly as fire begins to spread rapidly towards Inspiration Point.

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Retardant is dropped on top edge of fire to keep it from spreading upward. Many wonder why more resources aren't available for air attack.

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Fire reaches Inspiration Point at about 4pm.

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From Spyglass Ridge the flames have moved down into Mission Canyon and are threatening to move towards this location as well.

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Mission Canyon resident Michael Holland snaps a picture of a small flare up at dawn

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A view of the Jesusita Fire from Cheltenham Road as police patrol the evacuated Mission Canyon neighborhood pre-dawn Wednesday morning

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WInds briefly picked up bringing some hot spots to life early Wednesday morning

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A likely evacuated, private residence on Tunnel Rd. steers fire fighters to a source of water

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Air tankers resumed dropping water Wednesday morning at about 8 a.m. with a turnaround time to fill-up/fuel in Porterville, CA of approximately one hour

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Air tankers making water drops on the Jesusita Fire early Wednesday morning

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Heli-attack above West Mountain Drive, May 6

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Flames from Rattlesnake Canyon peek over the top of the ridge above West Mountain Drive.

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Looking from Tea Fire area (Conejo Road) toward Jesusita Fire burning in Rattlesnake Canyon (road is West Mountain Drive)

Published on May 6, 2009

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Flames from Rattlesnake Canyon peek over the top of the ridge above West Mountain Drive.

Published on May 7, 2009

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Volunteers from the Equine Assistance and Evacuation team.

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Heli-attack above West Mountain Drive, May 6.

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Firefighters mop up a property in Mission Canyon.

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Firefighters from Ventura County Fire Engine #20 knock down a few hot spots.

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A house and car burned to the ground at 2233 Las Canoas Road.

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Flames pour out of the gas main from the remains of a Las Canoas home.

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The smoking remains of two cars sit on a collapsed parking structure at 1400 Mission Canyon Road.

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Telephone lines down on Mission Canyon Road.

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Santa Barbara County Fire Engine 214 was staged to protect the last two houses on Spyglass Ridge Road from the Jesusita Fire on Wednesday night.

Published on May 7, 2009

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Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Nikki Stevens (right) talks with firefighter Bryon Fernandez (left) about plans for protecting the last house on Spyglass Ridge Road, as the Jesusita Fire burns in the background.

Published on May 7, 2009

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A structure engulfed in flames in the hills above San Roque Canyon.

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Flames from the Jesusita Fire reaching up the backside of Gibraltar Road on Wednesday night

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Flames seen just west of Gibraltar Road.

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Firefighters watch from their truck as wind-whipped flames come up the backside of Gibraltar Road.

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An eddy of embers cyclone up a charred hillside.

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Radio/communications antennas on Gibraltar Peak threatened by flames.

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A reporter watches the Jesusita Fire progression on Wednesday night May 6, 2009.

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The Jesusita Fire rages on Wednesday night.

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Jesusita Fire flames shoot sky-high on Wednesday night.

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Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer David Sadecki at Thursday morning's Jesusita Fire press conference

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Governor Schwarzenegger gets briefed on the Jesusita Fire

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Governor Schwarzenegger gets briefed on the Jesusita Fire at Earl Warren Showgrounds

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Governor Schwarzenegger takes time before a press conference on the Jesusita Fire to shake a few hands of the fire fighters from Cal Fire

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A day after declaring a state of emergency Governor Schwarzenegger holds a press conference on the Jesusita Fire at Earl Warren Showgrounds

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Smoke warranted masks while covering a press conference on the Jesusita Fire at Earl Warren Showgrounds

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A day after declaring a state of emergency Governor Schwarzenegger holds a press conference on the Jesusita Fire at Earl Warren Showgrounds

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Knoll at top of Inspiration Point area is completely burned out.

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Multiple homes were saved along Spyglass Ridge Road.

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A lone tree atop Spyglass Ridge.

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The hillsides leading from Lauro Reservoir to Spyglass Ridge were toasted.

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On Thursday afternoon, Rattlesnake Canyon was mellow and smoldering. Down at Skofield Park, fire engines waited.

Published on May 7, 2009

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A metal, possibly aluminum, leaked out of this burned car.

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On Wednesday, the skies get dark over The Indy's office.

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A firefighter's hose sits outside of wooden home that was saved at the end of Mission Canyon Road.

Published on May 7, 2009

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The Jesusita Fire burning up to Rocky Pine, as seen from the wharf at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

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A stone donkey sculpture appears unfazed at this toppled and burned barn at the end of Mission Canyon Road.

Published on May 7, 2009

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Early on Thursday afternoon, the smoke started puffing above Cathedral Peak.

Published on May 7, 2009

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A busted hose outside a destroyed home is evidence that firefighters did all they could to save it.

Published on May 7, 2009

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A barn near the end of Mission Canyon Road didn't fare well in the fire.

Published on May 7, 2009

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Harry Rouse with Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club at the Red Cross Shelter stationed at Dos Pueblos

Published on May 8, 2009

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Los Padres National Forest Service fire fighters watch the fire's progression from Spyglass Ridge Ln.

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Los Padres National Forest Service fire fighters

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A stuffed animal survives the flames that destroyed the home 2656 Montrose Pl.

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Fire burned through this mailbox on 2600 block of Montrose Pl

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2656 Montrose Pl.

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The remains of a home on Orange Grove Ave.

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Engine 44 Los Padres National Forest Fire Capt. Mike Scott

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Water drop along the ridge line above San Roque Rd.

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This Santa Barbara County truck soon evacuated it's spotting location as flames reached both sides of the ridge

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LPNFS fire fighter Josh Hesketh measures the wind speed on Spyglass Ridge Rd.

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LPNFS fire fighter Josh Hesketh measures the wind speed on Spyglass Ridge Rd.

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Californina Department of Corrections fire fighters make their way up a steep hillside after a day of hard work

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CDC fire fighters find little shelter against howling winds on Spyglass Ridge Rd.

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A helicopter above a house on E. Alamar surrounded by flames

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Engine 46 Los Padres Forest Service Fire Captain on Spyglass Ridge Rd.

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Fire fighters work the flames on E. Calle Laureles

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Flames approach a home on Laurel Canyon Rd. early Friday morning

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Engines lined up taking a stand along Lucinda Ln. as the flames come down the hill early Friday morning

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Firefighters along Marilyn Way

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Engine 224 Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Ruben Munoz wets down a construction site on Laurel Canyon Rd.

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Engine 224 Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Ruben Munoz (left) and Ed Verdugo

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The view a home off San Roque through a thermal-imaging device

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The Jesusita Trail as seen from the bridge on 192 early Friday more

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Fire fighter watches advance of flames along Northridge Road.

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View east as fire moves up towards mountain crest near Tunnel Trail.

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Flames reach Cathedral Peak in the early afternoon.

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Fire fighters watch build up of smoke in San Roque Canyon at 4:44PM.

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Retardant drop along Rock Garden ridge in early afternoon. DC10 should be here today.

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Flames reaches homes along Northridge Road.

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Engine crews attempt to hold fire as it crosses Highway 154.

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Home burns along San Marcos Pass Road

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Tree house burns along San Antonio Creek area.

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Dozens of engines like this are stationed in San Antonio Creek residences.

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Helicopter drops needed water over homes on Northridge.

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Home on Mission Canyon

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1530 Mission Canyon Rd.

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1503 Mission Canyon Rd.

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05/08/09 E. Camino Cielo

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05/08/09 East Camino Cielo

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05/08/09 E. Camino Cielo

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05/08/09 From his house on Lookout Rd. in the Painted Cave community Hans Mortensen watches the progression of the fire below on the hill to the East

Published on May 9, 2009

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05/08/09 The Painted Cave Fire Department working on Lookout Rd

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05/08/09 With fire on the hills below and to the East, the Painted Cave Fire Department soak a house on the corner of Manzanita & Lookout Rds.

Published on May 9, 2009

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05/08/09 A KEYT news van heads to an assignment after doing a live feed from the Painted Cave community

Published on May 9, 2009

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Speaking of evacuated, the hills were alive Friday with an inordinate amount of displaced lady bugs in swarms on East Camino Cielo

Published on May 9, 2009

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05/08/09 Dozers were busy cutting a wide break to the north of E. Camino Cielo Rd.

Published on May 9, 2009

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An "air attack" plane acting as a spotter, circles the area, assessing the fire's location, terrain, wind speed and best elevation for water drop. Once that spot is determined, the information is relayed by radio to the air tanker and a "puff" is released (seen above) as a clear marker.

Published on May 9, 2009

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05/08/09 E. Camino Cielo

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An air tanker drops a load of retardant with an air attack plane overseeing the results

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05/08/09 An air attack plane is dwarfed in the smoke from the Jesusita Fire as seen on E. Camino Cielo Friday

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05/08/09 Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 E. Camino Cielo

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05/08/09 Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 A CDC crew from Pine Grove take a moment to pose for a photo

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A lead plane guides the fire-fighting DC-10 to an optimum drop zone for its 12,000 gallons of fire retardant. The ravines and ridges where Jesusita burned kept the jumbo jet's use to a minimum as the DC-10 can only operate in straight and level landscapes 05/08/09

Published on May 9, 2009

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05/08/09 The DC-10 heads to its drop site along side East Camino Cielo

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Dc-10 drops retardent along the dozer lines by East Camino Cielo

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Smaller air tankers and helicopters can navigate canyons and uneven terrain but given a straight, level area to cover, the DC-10 can drop up to 12,000 gallons in eight seconds

Published on May 9, 2009

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05/08/09 Power lines as seen from Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 Power lines as seen from Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 Riverside City Fire Captain Rob Rappaport keeps an eye on the flames that have crossed to the East side of Gibraltar Road

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05/08/09 Flames burning along the West side of Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 Flames burning across Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 Down a steep hillside, burned clean from Wednesday night's flames, an old, abandoned truck can be seen in pieces off Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 Gibraltar Rd.

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05/08/09 A water dropping helicopter flies over radio/communications antennas on Gibraltar Rd.

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Chief Engineer for Rincon Broadcasting, Ransom Bullard, checks the broadcast antennas on Gibraltar Rd.

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Berri Bottomley and David Salvia were evacuated from the La Cumbre area late Thursday night

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Berri Bottomley and David Salvia pass the time at the Red Cross shelter setup in UCSB's Multi Activity Court

Published on May 10, 2009

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When asked this photographer "What Beatles song would you like to hear?" by David Silvia (pictured) I was obliged with a outstanding version of my request Rocky Racoon

Published on May 10, 2009

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Governor Schwarzenegger tours the Red Cross Shelter at UCSB's Multi Activity Center with chancellor Henry Yang

Published on May 10, 2009

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05/09/09 Governor Schwarzenegger tours the Red Cross Shelter at UCSB's Multi Activity Center

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Rob Lowe tour the Red Cross Shelter at UCSB's Multi Activity Center

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Governor Schwarzenegger tours the Red Cross Shelter at UCSB's Multi Activity Center

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05/09/09 Governor Schwarzenegger and UCSB chancellor Henry Yang

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05/09/09 Governor Schwarzenegger at UCSB's Multi Activity Center

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05/09/09 Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown (center) announces advances in fighting the Jesusita Fire has allowed the safe repopulation of many of the the evacuated areas below highway 192

Published on May 10, 2009

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05/09/09 Governor Schwarzenegger tours the Red Cross Shelter at UCSB's Multi Activity Center

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05/09/09 95 year-old Charlotta Jones was evacuated from her Mission Canyon home

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05/09/09 Charlotta Jones's (right) home in Mission canyon is still under mandatory evacuation but she is leaving the Red Cross Shelter with her son and daughter in law, Elmer and Diane Jones, as the evacuation orders have been lifted for their home in the Turnpike area.

Published on May 10, 2009

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Nely Villasenor and seven year old son Jairo at the Red Cross Shelter at UCSB's MAC

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Nely Villasenor and seven year old son Jairo were evacuated from the 154 area and just found out they are allowed back home today

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Seven year-old Jairo pleads with his mom to stay a little longer

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Though home sick and tearful the first night at the Red Cross Shelter 7 year-old Jairo quickly grew to like the accommodations

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L to R Brian Hayden from Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. and Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Walton update the shelter's map to display the downsized evacuation boundaries on Saturday

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Red Cross volunteer Justin Poet helps with some lifting

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Red Cross volunteers plan the reorganization as many people leave the shelter and go home while the Dos Pueblos High School shelter location closes and consolidates at UCSB's MAC

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Red Cross volunteers Nancy Shinn and Lydia Barcos take away used bedding and cots for cleaning

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Red Cross volunteers Nancy Shinn (left) and Lydia Barcos take away used bedding and cots for cleaning

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Red Cross volunteer Lydia Barcos clears bedding to be washed

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A notice from the Santa Barbara County Building Inspector signing off on the safe condition of this Cienagitas Rd residence.

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Riverside County Fire take a break from spotting and mopping up the Cieneguitas area

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Riverside County Fire gets a photo op feeding some bold scrub jays in the Cieneguitas area

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Michelle Hertig (center) composes a photo of the helicopter traffic on Sunday with spotting help from sons Zac (left) and Jared (right)

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Laura Ericson describes the Jesusita Fire

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Michelle Hertig (center) composes a photo of the helicopter traffic on Sunday with spotting help from sons Zac (left) and Jared (right)

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With the sign directing fire fighters to the pool in the back yard still on their front door, Catherine & Ken Aiello describe the evacuation and grateful return to their Santa Teresita Dr. home.

Published on May 11, 2009

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Ken Aiello describes how the fire came right up to his Santa Teresita Dr. home

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Alameda County Fire Department check for hot spots around Andy Norris' house in the upper San Roque area

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Andy Norris points out the location, well above the Jesusita Trail, where he believes the fire started to Alameda County Fire Captain Ramsey Ismail,

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Based on an early sightings by his wife Andy Norris points out on a location map, well above the Jesusita Trail, where he believes the fire started

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Sally Norris says thanks with some fresh baked brownies to some grateful fire fighters from the Alameda County Fire Dept.

Published on May 11, 2009

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