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Posted on May 10 at 1:26 p.m.
East and West Camino Cielo seem pretty quiet. It really seems like we're past the danger, but then I thought so on Tuesday before the winds came up as well. No signs of smoke up here, so that's good. Some chatter that they may open 154 to residents today. Still lots of fire equipment moving on the roads, so I don't expect that they'll open to the public for another day or two.
On Jesusita Fire Begins to Settle Down
Posted on May 9 at 10:02 a.m.
Thanks for the great summary. Tons of equipment going up E. Camino Cielo this morning. Hot shot crews worked all night long cutting a line along the ridge. Mid sixties right now with a very light breeze. Let's hope for the best.
On A Day of Change on the Front Lines
Posted on May 8 at 10:29 p.m.
Both East and West Camino Cielo are fine as of 10:30 Friday night. There are two strike teams deployed in the East Camino Cielo area with Type I engines stationed at most houses along the road. There are also several hot shot crews cutting lines along the ridge as well as some dozer activity between 154 and Painted Cave Road along E. Camino Cielo. Let's hope for a quiet evening.
On Assessing What's Burned
Posted on July 4 at 4:25 p.m.
DC-10 has mad three drops so far. It's very cool to watch if fly overhead. Hope it's making a difference.
On Nearly 5,000 Evacuated
Posted on July 4 at 12:49 a.m.
Ray, you're the best. The Indy had the best coverage of the Zaca fire and is doing an encore with the Gap fire. It's very refereshing. As of now, I don't believe that the fire has managed to crest across West Camino Cielo. It tried to from what I saw tonight, but they seemed to keep it in check. If it does get across, it will make the Zaca fire look like a dress rehearsal as it will run loose in the back country again while being active in the front country at the same time. The rest of tonight and tomorrow will be make or break time. Pray for ligh winds and cool temperatures!
On Gap Fire Reaches Critical Stage
Posted on July 4 at 12:34 a.m.
Wow. West Camino seemed to get no warning and the Trout Club got one hour. Shows how fast things can change. This morning I would have sworn that only northern Goleta was in danger. Let's hope we get this monster before it gets us.
On Evacuation Order Issued for Hidden Valley, Trout Club
Posted on July 4 at 12:28 a.m.
I watched the fire all night from East Camino Cielo (until 11:30pm at least). While it tried to crest the ridge, it never did. I see no threat to Painted Cave at this time, so I'm wondering why they issued the evac order? When it first came out, the Wildland Residences Association voluenteer fire fighters said it was a mistake. But the county and/or forrest service insisted it was to. Must be they just want to get everyone out in case. Can't say I blame them, but it is a hardship on those that need to evacuate. Especially those with children, pets, and such. I'm packed and ready to go just in case.............
On Patterson Avenue Area Now Under Evacuation Order
Posted on August 26 at 5:37 p.m.
I was amazed at how many dozer lines I could see in the back country from east camino cielo when the fire was "almost" contained in late July. I was kind of feeling like Nitz in that they cut lines miles and miles from the fire at the same time they were sending firefighters home. Much to my amazement, the fires were buring up to these lines less than a week later. Had they not cut all those contingency lines, my house could be toast right now (and Peachtree would be). The size and speed at which this fire moved at times was unbelieveable. That they stopped it at all is a testiment to the skill of our firefighters and their commanders. I say better safe than sorry. I don't even want to think what would have happened had this monster gotten loose in the front country.
On Romero Canyon Single Track Receives a Facelift