How the Fire Grew

Maps Tell the Story of the Gap Fire

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What started as a tiny brushfire on July 1 took just two days to grow into the number one firefighting priority for all of California, where more than 1,400 fires have already been burning early this summer.

These maps, based on information provided by the responding firefighting teams, show the dangerously explosive day-by-day growth of this fire, point out a few important geographic areas and key battles of the fire fight, and give an overall assessment of just how much of the Santa Ynez Mountains have been scorched.

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