Rancho Wildland Fire Photographs and Update

Doc Searls's Weblog has some eyewitness detail and strong photography

Another angle on the Rancho Wildland Fire from Saturday
Doc Searls

As the old media takes a powder, the new media is on the scene.

Well connected web denizen Doc Searls provides interesting commentary and some powerful photography to capture an off the tracks view of the Rancho Wildland Fire. A shout out to Doc for making these photos freely available, including the photo at the top of this article. His blog is here.

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Another link to the Flicker photos..

Fire Update: As of this posting, InciWeb has an updated posting by the agencies working the fire.

Sunday, July 1, 10:00 p.m.

The fire had very little to no forward rate of spread today, except for some short uphill runs in the afternoon that were pushed by strong winds, and therefore accurate mapping of the fire’s perimeter was possible. The result of today’s mapping shows the fire to be a total of 482 acres and 60 percent contained. No date or time has been set for full containment.

Five hundred and ninety-nine individuals are currently assigned to the fire, which has been burning in light grass and some heavy brush. Some crews will continue to build handline to connect with dozer line on the western edge of the fire, as other crews continue to build handline on the eastern side of the fire.

The demobilization of some resources will be evaluated at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, for the possible release of some engines that have been in place for structure protection.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed, and no injuries have been reported.

A Red Flag Alert for heightened fire danger has been extended for the area until Monday at 8:00 am.

Central Coast Type II Team Number 7, led by Incident Commander Jim Smith, took over management of the fire at 6:00 p.m. this evening.

Anonymous tip hotline: Citizens can submit anonymous tips regarding wildfire starts to sbsheriff.org. Tips can also be submitted by phone to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau at 805-681-4150.


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